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Russian authorities confirm DNA testing confirms death of Wagner mercenary chief Prigozhin.

A⁣ member of private mercenary group Wagner pays ⁤tribute to Yevgeny Prigozhin (L) and Dmitry Utkin, a shadowy figure who managed Wagner’s operations and allegedly served in Russian ⁢military intelligence, at the makeshift memorial in front of the PMC Wagner office in Novosibirsk, on August 24, 2023. Russian state-run news agencies on August 23, 2023 said that⁣ Yevgeny Prigozhin, the⁢ head of the Wagner group that⁣ led a mutiny against Russia’s army in ⁣June, was on the list of passengers of a plane that crashed near the village of Kuzhenkino in the Tver region. (Photo by VLADIMIR NIKOLAYEV/AFP via Getty‍ Images)

OAN’s James ‍Meyers
12:54 PM – Monday, August 28, 2023

DNA testing confirmed Wagner Group ‌mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin was killed‍ in Wednesday’s‌ plane crash, ‌Russian officials said on Sunday.

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The Russian investigative committee said in a statement on Telegram, after ⁢“molecular genetic examinations” ‌were completed, “the identities of all 10 dead were established” and “they correspond to the list stated in the flight ⁢sheet.”

Along with Prigozhin some ⁢of his most trusted lieutenants⁣ died in the plane crash as well, including alleged ⁤military head ⁢of Wagner, Dmitry Utkin.

The private jet​ was destined for St. Petersburg, and ended up crashing ⁢60 miles north ⁤of Moscow.

This comes two months after Prigozhin’s failed attempt at ‍a military coup against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A preliminary report revealed ‌last week by U.S. intelligence stated that the plane crash was caused by‌ an internal explosion.

Many believe that the Russian president was responsible for ⁢the crash. However, Putin has denied any involvement.

Some​ experts⁤ claimed it was a revenge assassination‍ for Prigozhin’s mutiny in late June,⁢ when⁣ the mercenary group captured the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don ‍before ⁢making their ‌presence felt in Moscow.

It is unknown what will happen to Wagner, which is ⁢spread mostly across Africa.

Prigozhin was an ally of Putin for ‍several years, helping carry out the interests of Russia. His status began to take off after​ the Russia-Ukraine war began,⁢ embracing his ‌position as the leader of the mercenary group.

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