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Russian mercenary Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin in military gear.

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Wagner's Prigozhin presumed dead

A private aircraft reportedly carrying Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Wagner Group warlord who launched a failed mutiny against the Kremlin back in June, has crashed outside Moscow, killing all 10 aboard, according to Russian state media.

Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency says it is investigating the cause of the crash in the Tver region north of Moscow, which happened 30 minutes after the jet, headed for St. Petersburg, took off. Moscow says that Prigozhin’s name was included on the passenger list.

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Wagner Group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin speaks with mercenaries during the withdrawal of his forces from Bakhmut in Ukraine.

Press service of "Concord"/Handout via REUTERS

Wagner Group vs. Russian military, again

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the hardline boss of the Wagner Group mercenary outfit, on Sunday turned down an order for his fighters to sign contracts with the Russian army by the end of June, which Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says would make Russia's war machine more effective in Ukraine. (On Monday, Chechen warlord and Prigozhin rival Ramzan Kadyrov announced that his men had signed on the dotted line.)

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Wagner Group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin speaks next to the bodies of what he says are Wagner fighters killed in Ukraine.

Press service of "Concord"/Handout via REUTERS

As Wagner backs down, the battle for Bakhmut continues

On Sunday, Yevgeny Prigozhin, owner of the Wagner Group mercenary force fighting for Russia in Ukraine, suddenly reversed his threat of withdrawing from the eastern city of Bakhmut after Moscow reportedly promised to send more bullets. In an expletive-laden video last week, Prigozhin had threatened to pull out entirely if the Russian military continued to starve them of ammo and other equipment.

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