Troops from his private military group on Saturday seized control of a military base and moved in convoy towards Russia’s capital, a remarkable and unexpected challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The march was suddenly called off when a supposed deal was struck that would see Prigozhin move to Belarus. The leader remains under investigation following the rebellion, according to a source at Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office.
Here are the latest headlines on the rebellion and Russia's war in Ukraine:
- Wagner chief explains his reasoning: Prigozhin said in the audio Monday that he called off the demonstration to prevent Russian bloodshed and that the rising was a protest rather than attempt to topple the government. “The purpose of the march was to prevent the destruction of PMC Wagner and to bring to justice those who, through their unprofessional actions, made a huge number of mistakes during the special military operation,” Prigozhin said the audio message, referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
- Prigozhin claims Russian defense ministry wanted Wagner to "cease to exist": The Russian Defense Ministry had planned for the Wagner private military group to "cease to exist" starting on July 1, Prigozhin also claimed Monday in the audio message. "No one agreed to sign a contract with the Defense Ministry, since everyone knows very well from the current situation and their experience during the special military operation that this will lead to a complete loss of combat capability," Prigozhin said. He then proceeded to say that some fighters did sign contracts with the Ministry of Defense, but claimed that it was only a minimal number.
- Russia is investigating whether Western intelligence was involved in rebellion: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in video comments to Russia Today that the country's special services are investigating whether Western intelligence services were involved in the events which unfolded in Russia Saturday. Russia often alleges foreign interference in domestic ongoings. Lavrov did not immediately present evidence or further information of that alleged investigation. He did claim that the US ambassador to Russia signaled that the US had "nothing to do" with the events.
- Biden says US and Western allies "had nothing to do" with rebellion: President Joe Biden emphasized Monday that the US and its Western allies had "nothing to do" with Saturday's events in Russia. Biden said he directed the national security team to monitor the developments closely and report to him "hour by hour" and prepare for a range of scenarios. He said he also spoke to the United States' key allies over the weekend to "make sure we are all on the same page."
- Wagner recruitment centers resume work: Wagner Group recruitment centers in the Russian cities of Tyumen and Novosibirsk have resumed recruiting fighters, according to Russian state media on Monday, following temporary closures over the weekend due to the armed Wagner Group rebellion. The Wagner Group center in St. Petersburg also told CNN on Monday that the center "continues to operate as usual in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation."
- “Tactical success”: Ukrainian forces have been engaged in heavy fighting over the past week and have enjoyed “tactical success,” according to deputy defense minister Hanna Maliar. The Ukrainian army has continued offensive operations near Melitopol and Berdiansk in the south, and around Lyman and Bakhmut in the east, Maliar said. The official also claimed Ukraine has regained control of Rivnopil, a southeastern settlement in the Donetsk region on the Zaporizhzhia border. CNN cannot independently verify this claim.
CNN's Mariya Knight, Anna Chernova and Rob Picheta contributed reporting to this post.