Vladimir Putin says he is confident in realising all his plans in the ‘special military operation’ after the Wagner rebellion.
He addressed the nation today after yesterday’s extraordinary events in his nation, the leader stated his top priority remains his brutal war in Ukraine.
Speaking on Russian state television, Putin, 70, said: ‘We feel confident, and, of course, we are in a position to implement all the plans and tasks ahead of us [in Ukraine].
‘This also applies to the country’s defence, it applies to the special military operation, it applies to the economy as a whole and its individual areas.’
A planned meeting of Russia’s Security Council will take place next week despite this weekend’s chaos.
But Putin previously claimed the attempted coup had put Russia’s very existence at threat.
Putin’s location is not currently known after reports of both his presidential planes fleeing Moscow yesterday.
Putin was said to be ‘very afraid’ and fled his residency in Moscow after the rebellion from Wagner Group mercenaries over the weekend, the Ukrainian president said earlier today.
Yevgeny Prigozhin’s heavily-armed fighters were some 100 miles from the Russian capital when his ‘march’ intended to remove corrupt commanders he blames for botching the war was called off.
After 24 hours of chaos, neither he nor his men will face punishment, and he was sent to Belarus despite the action against the Russian army, which Putin labelled as ‘treason’.
There are a number of unanswered questions about the deal that Putin’s former ally struck to pull his for-hire troops, and about what happens next.
Volodymyr Zelensky said in his address last night: ‘The man from the Kremlin is obviously very afraid and probably hiding somewhere, not showing himself.
‘I am sure that he is no longer in Moscow. He knows what he is afraid of because he himself created this threat.’
He added: ‘The world can see that the masters of Russia control nothing.
Away from the rebellion, fierce fighting continues in Ukraine and deputy defence minister Hanna Maliar said in a post on Telegram earlier today ‘there is progress in all directions’.
Despite earlier warnings not to discuss Ukraine’s military plans, she said the army launched an offensive in several locations in the east including Bakhmut, Yagidne, Orikhovo-Vasylivka, Bohdanivka, Klishchiivka, and Kurdyumivka.