Ukraine-Russia war latest: Putin’s ‘General Armageddon’ still missing 10 days after Wagner rebellion

Ukraine-Russia war latest: Putin’s ‘General Armageddon’ still missing 10 days after Wagner rebellion

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to address to the units of the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russian National Guard (Rosgvardiya), the Russian Interior Ministry, the Russian Federal Security Service and the Russian Federal Guard Service, who ensured order and legality during the mutiny, at the Kremlin, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 27, 2023. After a chaotic and stumbling response to mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin's mutiny, Putin tried to fix the damage to his standing with a series of events aimed at projecting an image of strength and authority. (Sergei Guneyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
Vladimir Putin is still recovering from the attempted mutiny in June (Picture: AP)

Russia’s ‘General Armageddon’ has been missing for 10 days after the failed mutiny by the Wagner paramilitary group.

Sergei Surovikin, the former top Russian commander in Ukraine, was accused of siding with mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin during the uprising.

There are reports speculating his arrest and subsequent release, but these remain unconfirmed.

According to the UK Ministry of Defence, he has not been seen since June 24, but officials stressed that any on-the-record sanctions against him will be ‘divisive’ as he is one of the most respected senior officers within the Russian military.

Surovikin’s deputy defence minister Colonel General Yunus-bek Yevkurov was also ‘notably absent from a televised appearance by the Ministry of Defence’s leadership on July 3,’ the UK MoD said.

Away from the turmoil in Russia, there were reports of long queues at the border between Ukraine and Moldova amid a ‘serious threat’ at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

According to reports from Sky News, a number of Ukrainians are now fleeing to the neighbouring ally.

But Daniel Voda, a spokesperson for the Moldovan government, stressed that any increase in numbers of people crossing the border is due to the summer holidays.

Numbers analyzed by show there has been no drastic increase in the border crossings in the last 72 hours.

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