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Putin enjoys a night out while plane with 'Wagner chief on board' crashed

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Vladimir Putin is enjoying a night out amid reports that Wagner paramilitary group Yevgeny Prygozhin was killed in plane crash.

Footage shows the Russian president at a concert dedicated to the anniversary of Soviet troops’ victory in the Battle of Kursk during World War II.

Another video showed him shaking hands with people attending the ceremony – all the while the business jet with 10 people on board plunged to the ground 60 miles northwest of Moscow.

As the news about the crash broke, Putin was seen smiling and going about his business as nothing had happened.

He hailed the heroes of Russia’s ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine during the event and shook the hands of army generals.

Russian officials have said Prigozhin – who led an attempted mutiny in Russia in June – was on a private jet that crashed in the Tver region at around 6pm.

Russia’s aviation authority released the names of the 10 people on the private jet, owned by the mercenary chief, that tumbled down to the ground some 60 miles from Moscow.

According to the airline, all passengers on board the Embraer aircraft were Sergey Propustin, Evgeniy Makaryan, Aleksandr Totmin, Valeriy Chekalov, Dmitriy Utkin, Nikolay Matuseev and Yevgeny Prigozhin.

The three crew staff on board were commander Aleksei Levshin, co-pilot Rustam
Karimov and flight attendant Kristina Raspopova Kristina.

The fate of the warlord remains unconfirmed from UK and US governments, and the Kremlin is yet to officially name him as one of the casualties.

The crash immediately raised suspicions as it happened exactly two months since he led a short-lived mutiny against Vladimir Putin.

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