Kremlin Denies Role In Plane Crash Believed To Have Killed Russian Mercenary Leader Prigozhin

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, has rejected allegations that the Kremlin was behind a plane crash that is presumed to have killed mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin.

His brutal fighters were feared in Ukraine, Africa and Syria, and conducted a brief but shocking mutiny in Russia two months ago.

Prigozhin was listed among those aboard the private jet that went down Wednesday.

He was eulogized Thursday by Putin, even as suspicions grew that the Russian leader was behind the crash that many saw as an assassination.

A preliminary U.S. intelligence assessment concluded that the plane was downed by an intentional explosion.

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