Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the most important of aspect of Mr Prigozhin's challenge to the Moscow leadership was that he “directly challenged the narrative for war”. Speaking at the Rusi conference, he said it was important the “Russian people get to hear the truth and Mr Prigozhin's words did that”. Mr Wallace warned: “We shouldn't necessarily over-credit the destabilisation, that somehow this is a massive derailment of the Kremlin”. The Wagner Group, he said, was now “spent, done, dissipated”. It shows, he said, how "stretched Russia's reserves are, but it mustn't distract from the main mission” of supporting Ukraine. “It was just another of the cracks we have been seeing in public discourse,” he added.