Vladimir Putin has confirmed the death of Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin in a plane crash north of Moscow.
It has taken 24 hours for the Russian president to break his silence on the incident in which the man who led an armed mutiny against his leadership was killed.
Authorities confirmed that all 10 people on the business jet died when it tumbled to the ground – and that passengers included the warlord and his right-hand man Dmitry Utkin.
Putin praised the mercenary chief as a talented businessman and said he wished to express sincere condolences to the families of those who died.
He added in televised comments that it was necessary to await the outcome of the official investigation into the crash.
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