Wagner Group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin stunned the world to start last weekend after he declared a rebelling against Russia and its leaders, even going as far as capturing a Russian town and its military headquarters before advancing toward Moscow.
While Prigozhin ultimately -- and shockingly -- stopped his rebelling just miles outside of Moscow after a deal was brokered vie Belarus, many believe Prigozhin's days are numbered.
According to Breitbart, former CIA director and retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus said during a recent CNN interview that the leader of the powerful private military outfit "should be very careful around open windows."
That was obviously a reference to the fact that it's well known Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn't deal with traitors or betrayals in the most healthy manner.
Petraeus, like many others, believes that Putin's image was weakened on a national and world stage after Prigozhin's advance on Moscow triggered a massive defensive response, with reports of Putin having been evacuated to another Russian city.
The former CIA director was asked what he thinks it means for Russia and its president.
Ret. Gen. David Petraeus tells CNN's Dana Bash that Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin "lost his nerve" in Russia after his revolt "didn't appear to be generating the kind of support that he had hoped it would." pic.twitter.com/skr3ucA7LQ
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"Well, I think, clearly Putin is weakened. His government is weakened. The irony is that his junior partner in Belarus Lukashenko had to bail him out of this. Prigozhin kept his life, but lost his Wagner Group, and he should be very careful around open windows in his new surroundings in Belarus where he’s going," Petraeus told CNN's Dana Bash.
He added: "Clearly, Prigozhin lost his nerve. He was, as you noted earlier within two hours’ drive of the outskirts of Moscow where they were trying to prepare defensive positions. This rebellion, although it had some applause along the way didn’t appear to be generating the kind of support that he’d hoped it would and, again, he decided to take the deal and a stunning series of developments."
"Putin fled Moscow, reportedly, didn’t stay around and we haven’t seen anything of Putin’s minister of defense."
Putin and the Wagner Group chief broke their silence Monday after the intense standoff that captured the attention of the entire world for 24 hours.
In a brief address to the nation on Monday, Putin said Wagner fighters made the “right decision” by halting their advance, adding that the “armed rebellion would have been suppressed anyway.”
Those forces would now have the opportunity to sign a contract with Russia’s Ministry of Defense “or other law enforcement agencies, or to return to your family and friends,” he said.
Prigozhin issued a statement on the aftermath of the ordeal, essentially calling it a protest.
"The purpose of the march was to prevent the destruction of PMC Wagner and to bring to justice those who, through their unprofessional actions, made a huge number of mistakes during the special military operation," the mercenary leader said.