After the commander of the mercenary group Wagner stated his soldiers had crossed the border from Ukraine, Russian authorities said Saturday that security had been reinforced in numerous districts.
Yevgeny Prigozhin promised to “go to the end” to depose Russia’s military leadership, accusing them of starting attacks on his troops, while the country’s prosecutor general announced he was being investigated for “armed rebellion.”
“A decision has been taken to reinforce security measures in the region,” said Igor Artamonov, governor of the Lipetsk region south of Moscow. “I ask everyone to remain calm.” The region of Lipetsk is around 400 kilometres (250 miles) south of Moscow.
In the southern region of Rostov, officials asked residents to stay home.
“Law enforcement agencies are doing everything necessary to ensure the safety of residents,” Rostov governor Vasily Golubev said on social media. “I ask everyone to stay calm,” he said, urging locals to stay home.