Aircraft transporting Wagner PMC boss ‘downed by ground missile over Bakhmut in Ukraine’

Image of Wagner PMC boss Yevgeny Prigozhin.

Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin. Credit: Telegram Yevgeny Prigozhin

Wagner PMC boss Yevgeniy Prigozhin reportedly escaped when his SU-24 aircraft was hit by a ground missile while flying over Bakhmut in Ukraine.

Yevgeniy Prigozhin, the boss of the notorious Wagner PMC mercenary organisation, claimed he escaped on Monday, February 13, when his plane was hit by a ground missile. His SU-24 was flying over the territory of Bakhmut in Ukraine at the time of the incident.

In a post on the official Telegram channel of his Concorde press agency, Prigozhin responded to the rumours about his aircraft being shot down.

The post read: “#1224 A query from the Live24 editorial board and the answer: ‘Good evening, colleagues. The story of the downing of the SU-24 over Bakhmut is currently being actively discussed. The one in which Yevgeniy was flying and from which he was sending a message to Vladimir Zelensky. Can you comment on it?’, they asked him.

The reply said: “We publish Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin’s comment: ‘Yes, indeed, this particular plane was attacked from the ground by enemy air defences today. The pilot performed a miracle and landed the burning machine, having fully accomplished the mission. At the moment the technicians are repairing the plane. The pilot is a beauty. A tribute and praise to him'”.

The notorious Wagner Group are a group of mercenaries working on behalf of the Kremlin in the invasion of Ukraine.  In January, the US Treasury named the group a ‘significant transnational criminal organization.’ Tne group have been linked to torture and murder, both of civilians and even of their own former fighters.


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