Russian President Vladimir Putin: News agency Reuters reported that on June 24, the Wagner Group staged a rebellion against Russian President Vladimir Putin. At that time, mercenary soldiers headed towards Moscow, but a fraction of the Russian military headed towards a base where nuclear weapons are stored.
Nevertheless, Western authorities have consistently emphasized that Russia never possessed a cache of nuclear weapons.
What did Kirill Budanov reveal?
Kirill Budanov, the head of Ukrainian military intelligence, informed Reuters that the Wagner fighters advanced very close to the nuclear facility and their intention was to acquire small nuclear devices from the Soviet era to “escalate the stakes.”
Budanov said, “If you are ready to fight until the last man, this is one of the capabilities that significantly increases the stakes.”
He added, “The only barrier was the nuclear storage facility doors because they were closed and they did not have access to the technical section.”
A Kremlin source familiar with military relations informed Reuters that a Wagner detachment managed to infiltrate “a strategically important area, which made the Americans concerned because nuclear weapons are stored there.”
Kremlin Urged To Vladimir Putin
The Kremlin urged Russia to engage in prompt negotiations with the Wagner group under the mediation of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Violation of Russian nuclear security
A person from the White House National Security Council named Adam Hodge reportedly voiced doubt about the allegation and said they are unable to confirm its truth. There have never been any signs that nuclear materials or weapons were in danger.
It would be exceedingly challenging for any non-state organization to undermine Russian nuclear security, according to Matt Corda, senior research associate and project manager of the Nuclear Information Project of the Federation of American Scientists.
If you had any malicious actors who are capable of obtaining nuclear weapons, they would get them in an unfinished form, he stated. To carry out the anticipated activity, they would need to first unlock a link and then install specific equipment.
Russian generals support Wagner
Secretary Oleksiy Danilov from Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council mentioned that numerous commanders within the Russian military are reportedly in favor of supporting Yevgeny Prigozhin.
He claimed that “there are several commanders who sympathise with Wagner and do not want to follow Putin.” He asserted that Prigozhin has the support of at least 14 Russian generals.