Wagner chief presumed dead in plane crash near Moscow



Wagner Group private military company's leader Yevgeny Prigozhin was presumed dead on Wednesday in a plane crash in the Tver Region near Moscow.

According to the list released by Russia's Federal Agency for Air Transport on its Telegram account, Prigozhin was among the 10 people who lost their lives in the crash earlier Wednesday. Wagner group's co-founder and commander Dmitry Utkin was also on the list.

The agency said earlier that an investigation had been launched into the cause of the plane crash in the Tver Region, noting that Yevgeny Prigozhin was among the passengers.

A private Embraer plane en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg crashed in the Tver Region on Wednesday, Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations said, noting all the 10 people on board were killed in the accident.

Wagner Group said on Telegram that its chief "died as a result of the actions of traitors to Russia."