Spy agencies first began tracking indications that Prigozhin and his Wagner mercenary force intended to move against the Russian military leadership in mid-June

US spy agencies picked up signs days ago that mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin was preparing to rise up against Russia’s defense establishment, US media reported on Saturday.

Membes of the Wagner Group military company sit atop of a tank on a street in Rostov-on-Don. (AP)The White House, the Pentagon, and Capitol Hill were briefed by intelligence officials about the possibility of disturbance in nuclear-armed Russia a full day before it materialised, according to reports in the Washington Post and New York Times.
Midway through June, according to the Post, spy services first started monitoring signs that Prigozhin and his Wagner mercenary group planned to strike against the Russian military leadership.By mid-week, according to The Times, the intelligence was reliable and worrisome, prompting the frenzy of briefings.

A dizzyingly quick rebellion saw Prigozhin’s soldiers cross into Russia from their bases in Ukraine on Friday, seize control of a local military command in Rostov-on-Don, and then proceed towards Moscow.

          On Saturday, the march was abruptly halted, and according to Russian official media, the Wagner forces would return to Ukraine while            Prigozhin would retreat to the neighbouring country of Belarus.

The Wagner group’s armed members and Prigozhin were not going to face legal action, according to the Kremlin.

According to the Times, when US intelligence officials tracked down evidence that Prigozhin was plotting military action, they grew                   concerned about turmoil in a nation with a potent nuclear weapons.

The Post said that according to US intelligence services, Putin was aware of Prigozhin, a former close associate, planning his uprising               least a day before it took place.

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