THE Wagner group’s attempted coup was the most ­dramatic moment in Russia since Communist leader Mikhail Gorbachev fell three decades ago.

As many as eight aircraft appear to have been shot down by the mercenaries.

However, the internal strife has not ended because Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin decided to abandon his march on Moscow and go into exile in Belarus. Not at all.

It is only good news for Ukraine that armed factions inside the Russian military are at each other’s throats.

Prigozhin had been griping for months about how Sergei Shoigu, the defence minister, and Russian army chief Valery Gerasimov were undermining his troops.

Roman Venevitin, commander of Russia’s 72nd brigade, was kidnapped and beaten by his thugs after they forced him to reveal that he attacked a Wagner convoy while intoxicated.

Prigozhin uploaded a video of his soldiers questioning the senior officer and was pleased with it.

Additionally, there is proof that the paramilitary organizations in Donetsk and Luhansk and

the regular army shot at each other during the battle for Bakhmut.

They constantly struggle with each other over ammunition, fuel — and even food.

And their corrupt leaders have fallen out over the spoils of war, arguing over which territories they get to attack and which offer the best plunder.

Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya and the man in charge of some of the most ferocious pro-Putin fighters, also attacked the Wagner group.

He betrayed his former ally Prigozhin and was ready to despatch his Chechens to halt the Wagner warriors’ advance on Moscow.

General Gerasimov hasn’t gotten back to us yet.

He struggles to control his men if he is still in charge of the war effort.

For him to integrate 50,000 Wagner fighters into the regular army will be next to impossible.

The military command and the mercenaries no longer trust one another.

Experienced Wagner fighters make twice as much money as regular soldiers and are reluctant to take a pay decrease.

Prigozhin’s guys have better opportunities..

They might decide to

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