The war in Ukraine – at least for a moment – spread to Russia as the Wagner group nearly marched on Moscow.
However, Putin would never allow any enemy to waltz right into the heat of Russian territory.
And how we have footage that shows some intense fighting as the rebellion was taking shape.
Watch the Incredible Moment Russia Strikes Wagner Group Rebellion
The video footage, which appears to have been recorded from a dashcam, shows a vehicle speeding down a road. A number of commercial trucks are seen headed in the opposite direction, and just moments into the clip, a huge explosion appears in the distance. As the explosion occurs, cars and trucks begin speeding up, driving on the wrong side of the road and desperately trying to escape the explosion.
According to Special Kherson Cat, a popular war-tracking account run by a former resident of Kherson Oblast, Ukraine, the clip was filmed on a highway near Bugaevka in the Voronezh region of Russia.
“Russian aviation strikes on the highway near Bugaevka, Voronezh region. During the recent «Wagner rebellion»,” the account writes.
Following the explosion, which creates a significant blast and a large mushroom cloud of black smoke, the vehicle recording the footage turns around and flees the scene, before eventually parking in the bushes. It is unclear who recorded the video, although the tactic of parking a vehicle in hedges could indicate that it was a Wagner military vehicle attempting to escape detection by Russian drones and other aerial devices.
The precise location of the strike was also determined with the help of geolocation volunteers online. User @neonhandrail compared stills taken from the video, identifying a curve in the road, bushes, and an open field. The stills are compared with digitally-modified satellite images that show the road, located at 49.655291, 39.760697.
The video appears to have been shared on TikTok and Telegram and was later reposted to Twitter by English language war-tracking accounts.
The incident occurred recently during the brief Wagner rebellion attempt, in which Wagner forces formed a convoy and headed towards Moscow as part of what many analysts believed was an attempt to either overthrow Vladimir Putin, or make a statement against the leadership of Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Minister of Defense.
Throughout the war in Ukraine, Russia has avoided deploying its most advanced aircraft over fears of losing too many of its most valuable crafts. During the Wagnerrebellion, however, Moscow was compelled to deploy fighter jets, and the Russian admitted in a June 26 statement that many Russian planes were downed during the incident.
Russian aviation strikes on the highway near Bugaevka, Voronezh region. During the recent «Wagner rebellion». pic.twitter.com/Gcie5RFaPI
— Special Kherson Cat ???????????? (@bayraktar_1love) June 26, 2023
Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.