According to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Russian leader Vladimir Putin is responsible for the death of mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, who was killed in an inexplicable plane crash last month alongside two of his top lieutenants.
The plane departed from Moscow and was en route to St. Petersburg when it crashed near the village of Kuzhenkino It may come as a surprise to some people but Zelensky made a passing comment about the Russian president during a conference in Kiev.
"The fact that he killed Prigozhin, at least that is the information that we all have, also indicates that he is a weak person, and it also speaks for his rationality," Zelenskyy said. According to Zelenskyy, the death of Prigozhin did not cause a day of mourning in Ukraine, but it meant one less terrorist in the world.
Prigozhin was a notorious figure in Ukraine, with many believing he was responsible for a series of terrorist attacks in the country. Zelenskyy's statement was seen as a sign that the Ukrainian government was determined to take a firm stance against terrorism.
Prigozhin and Kremlin officials reaction
Kremlin officials announced earlier in the day that all possible causes of the accident would be investigated. According to them, the claim that Putin ordered Prigozhin's death was "absolute nonsense." Prigozhin was a close ally of Putin and had been involved in several controversial projects.
His death has raised questions about the inner workings of the Kremlin and the possible involvement of the Russian government in the accident. The rebellion led by Prigozhin in Russia this summer was one of the largest challenges the Russian leader has faced since he came to power in 1999 and one which has posed a great threat to his rule.
The rebellion was quickly quelled but it has raised questions about the true stability of the Russian government. This led to the imposition of more stringent measures to ensure loyalty and allegiance among the people. The Russian leader is now facing intense scrutiny from both domestic and international sources.
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