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Yevgeny Prigozhin, owner of Russia's private military company Wagner, said on Monday he had asked prosecutors to "investigate crimes" committed by senior Russian defense officials before and during Russia's military campaign in Ukraine.

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"Today I sent letters to the Investigative Committee and the Prosecutor's Office of the Russian Federation requesting them to verify the circumstances of a crime committed during the preparation and during the conduct of the Special Military Operation (Special Military Operation) by a number of high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Defense," Prigozhin said. "These letters will not be published due to the fact that this will be dealt with by the investigative bodies," he added.

Russia's Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner mercenary group, has repeatedly accused Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and other senior Russian officials of sabotaging the military campaign in Ukraine.

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