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Ukraine's intelligence says new coups in Russia may be planned

Ukraine's intelligence says new coups in Russia may be planned Andriy Yusov (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

Ukraine's intelligence possesses information suggesting possible plans to organize new uprisings in Russia. The warning comes following the attempted coup orchestrated by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the chief of Wagner Private Military Company, a representative of Ukraine's Defense Intelligence Andriy Yusov said to Ukrainian TV.

He confirmed the existence of such data but refused to disclose further details, citing concerns about counterintelligence efforts.

"Yes, we have the data. However, why should we share this information now? We understand that the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) might closely watch us, and they would certainly take pleasure in recording such information. Let's not make their job any easier," Yusov stated.

Prigozhin's uprising

Earlier in June, Yevgeny Prigozhin decided to lead an uprising in Russia. His attempt was aimed at toppling Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff of Russia's Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov. The alleged motive behind the coup was purportedly in response to the Russian regular army's shelling of Wagner mercenaries' rear camps.

Prigozhin and his mercenaries managed to gain control of Rostov on the first day of the coup. They also seized military installations in the city's vicinity before setting their sights on Moscow.

However, the uprising quickly fizzled out after Prigozhin held talks with self-proclaimed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Lukashenko permitted Prigozhin and his mercenaries to relocate to Belarusian territory, effectively bringing an end to the coup attempt.