Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

Eight our bodies have been recovered after a personal jet reportedly containing Yevgeny Prigozhin crashed within the Tver area north of Moscow, Russian companies have reported.

The Wagner mercenary boss was on board the plane when it got here down, authorities have stated.

Russian media outlet Baza stated eight lifeless our bodies have been discovered on the scene, all of them so badly burnt it might take a DNA take a look at to substantiate their identities. One of many our bodies has a lacking head.

In line with Russia’s federal air transport company: “An investigation of the Embraer aircraft crash that occurred within the Tver Area this night was initiated.

“In line with the passenger checklist, first and final title of Yevgeny Prigozhin was included on this checklist.”

The flight seems to have been travelling between Moscow and St Petersburg. Wagner-linked Telegram channels have reported that the aircraft was shot down by Russian air defences.

Mr Prigozhin led an abortive coup in opposition to Russia’s army management in June, which ended after Wagner fighters have been promised amnesty in neighbouring Belarus.

Observe beneath for the most recent updates.

07:51 PM BSTThe greatest shock is that Prigozhin survived for therefore lengthy

Demise resolves all issues, Josef Stalin is meant to have stated. No man, no downside, Roland Oliphant writes.

Wednesday’s air crash within the Tver area could have resolved one of many knottiest issues going through Vladimir Putin. Looking back, essentially the most stunning factor about Yevgeny Prigozhin’s reported dying is that he survived for therefore lengthy.

Ever since he marched a military of disgruntled mercenaries on Moscow in June, Kremlin watchers have been questioning why Putin allowed his former caterer to stay alive – not to mention at liberty.

So whereas in an unusual air crash it might be far too early to invest in regards to the causes, few will purchase that this was actually an accident.

Learn the complete story right here.

07:48 PM BST’Nobody is aware of what is going on on,’ says Wagner-linked blogger

A Wagner-linked Telegram channel has urged warning after experiences that Yevgeny Prigozhin and one other founding father of the mercenary group have been killed.

Gray Zone wrote: “In the mean time, it must be borne in thoughts that NO ONE, aside from the individuals who personally noticed Yevgeny Prigozhin and Dmitry Utkin getting on the aircraft, has any data.

“Not from any sources or different individuals. And those that have, they won’t say till the state of affairs is clarified.”

07:45 PM BSTPictured: Crashed aircraft consumed by flames

Burning aircraft wreckage close to the village of Kuzhenkino, Tver area – AFP/HANDOUT

07:42 PM BSTPlane crash ‘will need to have occurred in a short time’

No matter brought on the aircraft linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin to crash north of Moscow will need to have occurred “in a short time”, in accordance with experiences.

Baza, a Russian Telegram channel near the safety providers, stated: “The pilots of the crashed aircraft didn’t inform the dispatchers about any emergency conditions.

“In line with consultants, because of this the vital state of affairs on board the plane developed in a short time.”

07:35 PM BSTInvestigators ‘already sifting via flight data’

An investigation into the aircraft crash that reportedly killed Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin has already begun, in accordance with Russian state media.

Ria Novosti experiences: “A specially-created fee… has begun amassing factual supplies on crew coaching, the technical situation of the plane, the meteorological state of affairs on the flight route, the work of dispatch providers and floor radio tools.

“Specialists may also have to search out on-board technique of goal management for his or her subsequent decoding and evaluation of the ‘black field’ recordings.”

07:30 PM BSTBiden briefed on personal jet crash

US President Joe Biden has been briefed in regards to the crash of a personal jet in Russia on Wednesday, the White Home says.

07:28 PM BSTPictures: Smoke rises from aircraft after it plummets from the sky

Smoke rises over aircraft wreckage close to the village of Kuzhenkino, Tver area – HANDOUT/AFP

A aircraft falling within the sky close to the village of Kuzhenkino, Tver area

07:25 PM BSTPrigozhin and Utkin lifeless, claims official

A Russian-installed official in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia area claims that Yevgeny Prigozhin and Wagner co-founder Dmitry Utkin have been killed.

Vladimir Rogov wrote on Telegram: “Simply talked to some excellent ‘musicians’ [a term for members of the Wagner Group]. They affirm the dying of Yevgeny Prigozhin and Dmitry Utkin.

“Kingdom of Heaven to the newly-departed servants of God Yevgeny and Dmitry.”

The Telegraph has not independently verified the report.

07:20 PM BSTPrigozhin ‘arrived in Russia from Africa at the moment’

Andrei Zakharov, a Russian investigative journalist, has quoted sources in Wagner saying that Prigozhin arrived in Russia from Africa at the moment with the paramilitary group’s commanders.

Prigozhin hinted closely that he was in Africa yesterday in a video message that was apparently recorded in a desert.

07:17 PM BSTRussian media: Airplane could have belonged to non-public firm

A aircraft that crashed within the Tver area belonged to a enterprise transportation firm referred to as MNT-Aero LLC, in accordance with Russia’s Ria Novosti state information company.

Earlier experiences have indicated that it was a personal jet owned by Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin. Russia’s federal air transport company stated he was listed as a passenger on the aircraft.

07:07 PM BSTReports: Second Prigozhin-owned aircraft lands close to Moscow

A variety of Russian army bloggers declare {that a} second personal jet belonging to Yevgeny Prigozhin has landed at an airport close to Moscow.

Gray Zone, a Telegram channel with shut hyperlinks to the Wagner Group, stated: “The place Yevgeny Prigozhin was himself ultimately – in the intervening time there isn’t a information.”

The report has not been verified by The Telegraph.

07:03 PM BSTPlane belonged Prigozhin, experiences AP

An plane with tail quantity RA-02795 that belonged to Yevgeny Prigozhin

The aircraft that crashed was a personal jet belonging to Yevgeny Prigozhin, in accordance with the Related Press.

07:01 PM BST’Contract was out on Prigozhin for weeks’

A contract could have been out on Yevgeny Prigozhin for some weeks, in accordance with a former British intelligence officer.

Christopher Steele advised Sky Information: “We heard some weeks in the past from a supply {that a} contract had been put out on Prigozhin in Russia by senior members of the enterprise group.”

He instructed that Vladimir Putin could not have authorised the assassination himself, addingL “It actually appears as if it could be a revenge assault by any person within the elite.”

06:57 PM BSTWho is Yevgeny Prigozhin?

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founding father of the Russian personal safety firm Wagner, talking in a desert space

It’s not usually a catering firm tries to overthrow the federal government of a nuclear tremendous energy, writes Roland Oliphant.

“Concerning treason, the president is deeply mistaken,” Yevgeny Prigozhin snarled right into a voice word launched by his meals firm’s press service on Saturday morning.

“We’re patriots of the motherland…and nobody goes to give up to the calls for of the president, the FSB, or anybody else.”

And with that, the person generally known as Putin’s Chef turned Putin’s would-be usurper. It was unthinkable simply hours earlier.

However Prigozhin’s path to rise up has been a protracted one.

Learn the complete profile – written in June on the time of Wagner’s coup – right here.

06:53 PM BSTFootage of aircraft plummeting from sky06:49 PM BSTEight our bodies recovered from crash website, say Russian media

Russian information company Ria Novosti experiences that eight our bodies have been recovered from the crash website of an Embrear aircraft within the Tver area.

Earlier experiences have indicated that there have been ten folks onboard, together with three crew members.

06:44 PM BSTPictured: First pictures emerge of aircraft crash

What’s reported to be a Embraer Legacy 600 Enterprise Jet is engulfed by flames

06:43 PM BSTPlane ‘could have been Prigozhin’s personal jet’

A media monitoring group has instructed {that a} aircraft that crashed this night could have been a personal jet owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin.

Belarusian Hajun famous that the registration numbers seen on the wreckage of the aircraft matched these of the mercenary’s boss’ Embraer Legacy 600 plane.

06:39 PM BSTWatch: Prigozhin issued what could have been closing video message yesterday

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Wagner boss, yesterday appeared in a video message for the primary time since his short-lived rise up in opposition to Russia’s army leaders, Joe Barnes writes.

The mercenary chief was seen standing, with desert terrain because the backdrop, in camouflage and holding a loaded rifle, showing to recruit weapons for rent for the group’s operations in Africa.

“The temperature is plus-50C – every little thing as we like. The Wagner PMC makes Russia even better on all continents and Africa – extra free,” Prigozhin stated within the video.

Learn the complete story right here.

06:33 PM BSTRussian media: Terrorists could have focused aircraft

Competing theories have emerged after a aircraft apparently carrying Yevgeny Prigozhin crash-landed.

Baza, a Russia Telegram channel with hyperlinks to the safety providers, stated: “In line with one verison, a terrorist assault was the reason for the explosion on board the aircraft.”

Others have instructed that it was shot down by Russian air defences because it headed to St Petersburg.

06:29 PM BSTWagner supply: Prigozhin aircraft was focused by Russian air defences

A Wagner-linked Telegram channel has instructed {that a} aircraft carrying Yevgeny Prigozhin was shot down by Russian air defences.

Gray Zone, which has an in depth relationship to the paramilitary group, stated: “Earlier than the aircraft crash, two native residents listened to 2 bursts of attribute air defence.

“That is confirmed by contrails within the sky in one of many movies, in addition to the phrases of direct eyewitnesses.”

06:25 PM BSTAviation authority opens investigation into air crash

Russia’s aviation authority has opened an investigation into the aircraft crash that reportedly killed mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin.

Rosaviatsia stated: “An investigation has been launched into the Embraer aircraft crash that occurred tonight within the Tver area.

“In line with the passenger checklist, amongst them is the title and surname of Yevgeny Prigozhin.”

06:23 PM BSTReports: One other outstanding Wagner member killed in crash

One other outstanding member of the Wagner Group has additionally been killed within the aircraft crash, in accordance with unconfirmed experiences.

Russian army bloggers instructed that Dmitry Utkin, a former Russian intelligence officer and co-founder of the group, was additionally apparently killed.

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