Russian Civil War: Putin threatened all those Guilty of Insurrection will Suffer Punishment

"What we see is a stabbing in the back of the state and the people". This was stated by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin in a statement to the Russian people, world agencies reported.

The statement followed the actions last night and this morning by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of Russia's private military company Wagner.

In his address to the nation, Putin also called for unity in all Russian forces and for overcoming differences. He said Russia would defend itself against domestic treason and promised severe punishment for rebels.

"I am addressing the citizens of Russia, the personnel of the armed forces, law enforcement agencies and special services. To the fighters and commanders who are now fighting in their combat positions, repelling enemy attacks, doing so heroically," Putin said at the start of his statement and announced that he had spoken last night with the Russian commanders on all fronts.

"I am also addressing those who, through fraud or threats, were involved in a criminal adventure, pushed on the path of a serious crime - armed insurrection," the president added.

"As the president of Russia and supreme commander, as a Russian citizen, I will do everything to protect the country, to protect the constitutional order, life, security and freedom of citizens," the head of state said in a televised address.

"The insurrection organizers will be held accountable for treason," Vladimir Putin said in a televised address.

"Those who organized and prepared the military rebellion, who took up arms against their comrades in arms, betrayed Russia and will be held accountable for this," the head of state said.

"Those who are trying to organize an...

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