Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, the unruly head of the Wagner mercenary group, appears to have resurfaced in Belarus to deliver a welcome speech to his fighters who had been deployed there as part of a deal that ended his brief mutiny last month, according to a video published on Wednesday by at least three Telegram channels associated with the group.
In the video, filmed at dusk, a man whose silhouette and voice closely resemble Mr. Prigozhin said that the Wagner fighters will stay in Belarus for some time to train its army, with the goal of turning it into the best army in the world outside of Russia.
In the aftermath of the aborted mutiny, the fate of the Wagner group appeared to be in limbo. Last week, President Vladimir V. Putin said that its troops could continue fighting but without their pugnacious leader.
On the video, however, Mr. Prigozhin appears to still be the head of a large group of fighters. He did not tone down his criticism of the Russian top commanders, calling the situation on the front lines in Ukraine a “disgrace” that Wagner fighters “should not participate in.” He also left open the possibility Wagner forces would return to combat in Ukraine.