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Wagner mutiny shows “cracks and divisions” in Russia, NATO chief says

A failed mutiny by the Wagner mercenary group in Russia over the weekend shows “cracks and divisions” within the country, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.

“At the same time, it is important to underline that these are internal Russian matters and it’s too early to draw any final conclusions,” he said, speaking before a two-day European Council summit in Brussels that will take place on Thursday and Friday.

“What matters for NATO is that we will continue to support Ukraine,” Stoltenberg added, noting that EU countries have begun training Ukrainian pilots how to use F-16 fighter jets.

“The most important thing and the most immediate and urgent task is to support Ukraine to ensure that Ukraine prevails as a sovereign independent nation in Europe,” he said.

CNN’s Catherine Nicholls