Join us for a deep-dive into the Wagner Group, Russia’s enigmatic private military contractor. We explore its origins, significant missions, and complex operations in the volatile landscapes of Ukraine. We examine bizarre conflict situations, revealing surprising strategic missteps and their impact on Russian military morale. Lastly, we discuss the aftermath of the Wagner Group’s mutiny and the implications for Russia’s socio-political landscape and the Federal Security Service (FSB). Dive into this secretive world where politics and warfare collide in our riveting interview.


  • Wagner Group’s Inception & Dmitry Utkin’s Role
  • Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Story
  • Dmitry Utkin’s Current Status
  • Wagner Group’s Overseas Assignments
  • Wagner Group’s Travelling & Membership Details
  • Procurement & Profitability of Wagner Group
  • Comparing Wagner Group with Western Military Contractors
  • The Principle of ‘Plausible Deniability’
  • Putin’s Acknowledgement of Wagner Group’s Funding & Ownership
  • Expectations from Wagner Group and Russian Army in Ukraine
  • Coordination Between Wagner Group and Russian Army in Ukraine
  • Perception of Wagner Group by High Ranking Russian Military Officers
  • Strengths and Weaknesses of Wagner Group
  • Lessons Learnt by the Collective West in Ukraine
  • Potential Successors of Wagner Group in Ukraine
  • Non-destruction of Western Supply Routes in Ukraine: Why?
  • Russian Airspace Penetration: How and Why?
  • Wagner Group’s Seizure of Rostov on Don Airbase
  • Bizarre Tactics of Russian Airforce in Ukraine
  • Suppression of Enemy Air Defense (SEAD)
  • Connection Between Wagner Group and FSB
  • Future Impact & Scenarios: Wagner Group and Belarus

John Bruni

Dr. John Bruni is an accomplished researcher, analyst and engaging podcaster in the military and intelligence sectors. His in-depth strategic knowledge encompasses the Middle East, Northeast Asia, and the South Pacific regions. The areas of John’s specialisation include defence procurement, counter-terrorism and terrorism issues, US strategic policy, geospatial intelligence, and the proliferation of ballistic missiles.

University of Adelaide lecturer in 2001 – 2006, an analyst/a contributor to Jane’s, a company established over 120 years ago delivering assured open-source intelligence across military capabilities and order of battle, equipment, events, countries, companies and markets; Abu Dhabi based TRENDS Research and Advisory non-resident fellow; and finally a CEO and founder of SAGE International, an Australian independent think-tank specialising in defence, space, security and international relations.

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