Russia-Ukraine war Briefing: Kremlin dismisses Prigozhin assassination rumours

  • The Kremlin dismisses rumours that Russia ordered the assassination of Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, who reportedly died in a plane crash, as an “absolute lie”.
  • The UK Ministry of Defence says while there is no definite proof Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin was on board the crashed plane, it is highly likely he is dead.
A woman visits a makeshift memorial near former PMC Wagner Centre, associated with the founder of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, in Saint Petersburg, Russia August 24, 2023. REUTERS/Anastasia Barashkova
  • Russia claims to have downed a barrage of 42 Ukrainian drones near Crimea, the largest alleged recent air attack on the annexed peninsula.
  • Ukraine removes the head of its State Emergency Service, Serhiy Kruk, following an internal inspection of the agency.