Live news: Putin breaks silence after end of uprising

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Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday suggested Ukraine had somehow been involved in warlord Yevgeny Prigozhin’s shortlived rebellion.

“This fratricide is the result of Russia’s enemies and the neo-Nazis in Kyiv, their western masters, and all sorts of national traitors wanted,” Russia’s president said in a five-minute televised address to the nation, his first comments since the end of the aborted uprising.

In London, UK defence secretary Ben Wallace played down the impact of the rebellion on Putin’s authority, signalling that the status quo prevailed in Moscow.

“We shouldn’t necessarily over-credit the destabilisation, that somehow this is a massive derailment of the Kremlin,” Wallace said.

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