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Putin met with Wagner Group mercenary leader Prigozhin at Kremlin after failed uprising

Putin had branded Prigozhin, his former close ally, a traitor and denounced the uprising last month.

Published: July 10, 2023 9:35am

Wagner Group mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin met with Russian President Vladimir Putin days after the commander led a brief rebellion, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday. 

The three-hour meeting on June 29 also involved Wagner Group commanders and Putin gave an assessment of the mercenary group's actions in Ukraine, Peskov said, according to The Associated Press. 

The Wagner forces also pledged to be loyal to Putin, per Peskov. 

Putin had branded Prigozhin, his former close ally, a traitor and denounced the uprising last month.

Putin had, until recently, denied that Russia was connected to the Wagner Group as mercenaries are technically illegal in the country. The law has not stopped Wagner forces from fighting on behalf of Russian interests globally. 

Prigozhin initially reached a deal with the Kremlin to be exiled to the neighboring ally of Belarus, but last week Belarus said the mercenary leader was in Russia.

Madeleine Hubbard is an international correspondent for Just the News. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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