Yevgeny Prigzhin dies in an airplane crash

Yevgeny Prigzhin, 62, who led an armed rebellion in June against Moscow, but turned back within 125 miles of the capital, was killed in an airplane crash Wednesday with ten people aboard.

The plane was an Embraer Legacy 600 jet, according to the passenger list.

The Pentagon said Thursday that initial intelligence indicates that the Wagner chief died in the Wednesday plane crash.

“It’s likely Prigzhin was killed, and we’re continuing to assess the situation,†said U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder during a Pentagon briefing.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the near attack on Moscow an armed rebellion, but Putin welcomed Prigozhin, telling him to live in Belarus.

Putin Friday broke his silence on the plane crash Wednesday. While delivering his remarks, Putin said Prigzhin “was a man of complicated fate, and he made serious mistakes in his life, but he achieved the right results.†

The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency on Thursday confirmed the death of Prigzhin, citing the results of genetic testing on human remains.

The Russian people also welcomed Prigzhin by taking photographs in front of his troops’ tanks or standing on top of them.

The plane was en route from Moscow to St. Petersburg before it went down 185 miles north of the capital. 

Prigzhin founded the Wagner Group, named after Adolph Hitler’s favorite composer.

The Kremlin has denied any involvement in the downing of the plane. The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency on Thursday confirmed the death of Prigozhin.

Putin said an investigation into what happened to the private jet was already underway.