Vladimir Putin said in an emergency televised address on Saturday that an ‘armed rebellion’ by the Wagner mercenary group was treason, and that anyone who had taken up arms against the Russian military would be punished.
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The Russian president said that he would do everything to protect his country, adding that the Russian armed forces ‘have been given the necessary orders’ to stabilise the situation in Rostov-on-Don, where Yevgeny Prigozhin claimed his forces had taken control of all military installations.
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