Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday that the Wagner group’s attempted rebellion failed because the Russian military « showed loyalty to its military oath and duty, » marking the first time he spoke out about the short-lived mutiny. .
« These plans failed mainly because the military personnel showed loyalty to their oath and military duty, » Shoigu said in a public address. « The provocation did not affect the actions of the troop groupings. » Russia has responded to the rebellion by tightening security measures in Moscow.
In late June, Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin planned to capture the Russian military leadership as part of his surprise mutiny, but turned back after Wagner’s forces reached the outer limits of the capital. Prior to the rebellion, Prigozhin accused Shoigu of ordering a rocket attack on the Wagner field fields in Ukraine. The Defense Ministry denied carrying out the rocket attack.