Yevgeny Prigozhin, the chief of the private military group Wagner, said his fighters are entering the Russian Rostov region, which neighbors Ukraine.
“Now we are entering Rostov. The units of the Ministry of Defense, or rather the conscripts, who were thrown to block our road, stepped aside,” Prigozhin said, adding that at the moment his units “have crossed the state border in all places."
"The border guards came out to meet and hugged our fighters,” he said.
Prigozhin also accused Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov of “making a decision to destroy the disobedient units (of Wagner PMC) that are ready to protect their Motherland.”
Prigozhin warned against anyone obstructing him: "We will destroy everything that gets in our way," he said.
The Wagner chief's statement comes as Russian state media TASS reported a stepped-up police presence in Rostov late Friday.
CNN cannot independently verify these claims.