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    Russia confirms that Wagner Group head Prigozhin was killed in Wednesday’s jet accident.

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    Russia announced on Sunday that Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the mercenary Wagner Group, was among the ten people killed in an aircraft accident last week.

    Russia’s Investigative Committee stated in a statement that it has completed DNA identification of individuals who perished in the crash of a private plane in the northern Tver area.

    The names of all ten persons killed were recognised, according to the statement, which added that the results were consistent with a list issued on Wednesday, the night of the incident.

    An Embraer-135 aircraft crashed while flying from Moscow to St. Petersburg, killing all ten people on board, including Prigozhin.

    The agency eventually issued a list of those on the plane, which included Wagner co-founder Dmitry Utkin and several Wagner employees.

    President Vladimir Putin expressed his sympathies to the victims’ families on Thursday, calling Prigozhin a “talented man” with a “difficult fate.”

    Prigozhin made headlines in June when he attempted a “armed rebellion” against Russia’s authorities, only to abandon it swiftly.

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