Putin’s spokesman Dimitry Peskov has labelled allegations that the Kremlin gave an order to kill Wagner Group boss Yevgeny Prigozhin as ‘a complete lie.’
Peskov told reporters there was ‘lots of speculation’ around the plane crash and the ‘tragic death’ of those on board, but dismissed ‘Western talk’ that Putin had anything to do with the crash.
His remarks come as Russian foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov criticised Joe Biden for suggesting that ‘not much happens in Russia that Vladimir Putin is not behind.’
Prigozhin is presumed dead after a private jet he was travelling on plummeted 28,000ft with smoke billowing from the fuselage before obliterating on impact.
He is presumed to be one of 10 people killed in the crash, with Wagner co-founder Dmitry Utkin also thought to have been onboard.
There is ‘no definitive proof’ that Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin is dead, the UK’s Ministry of Defence has said, but admitted it is ‘extremely likely.’
Elsewhere on the frontlines, Moscow claims to have downed a barrage of 42 Ukrainian drones near Crimea.
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