Wagner head Yevgeny Prigozhin released the first audio statement since an aborted armed rebellion he staged on Saturday.
On Monday he defended the move as a reaction to an attack on his force that killed about of his 30 fighters.
“We started our march because of an injustice. We went to demonstrate our protest and not to overthrow power in the country,” Prigozhin said in an 11-minute audio.
He did not offer any details as to where he was or what his future plans are.
Prigozhin said his fighters had the support of “happy” civilians in towns they went through as they advanced on Moscow.
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