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Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Wagner boss leading an armed rebellion in Russia

The head of the Russian Wagner mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said overnight he had taken control of the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don as part of an attempt to oust Russia's defence minister. The 62-year-old's open challenge to Moscow's military comes after months of growing tensions over the conduct of the war in Ukraine.

The head of the Russian Wagner mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said overnight he had taken control of the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don as part of an attempt to oust Russia’s defence minister. The 62-year-old’s open challenge to Moscow’s military comes after months of growing tensions over the conduct of the war in Ukraine.

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