There was no affirmation from Kremlin officers or the Wagner Group after a aircraft itemizing Yevgeniy Prigozhin as a passenger crashed northwest of Moscow, killing all 10 onboard. Prigozhin’s identify was on the flight manifest of the Embraer enterprise jet that went down within the Tver area, Russia’s air transport company mentioned. Two explosions have been heard earlier than the aircraft fell from the sky and burst into flames in a discipline, eyewitnesses informed Russian media. Prigozhin, the pinnacle of the Wagner Group mercenary group, was as soon as a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and performed a significant position on the battlefield in Ukraine. However tensions between him with Russia’s navy leaders escalated, reaching a climax when he led a short-lived insurrection in June.