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(Reuters) – Russia has faced “a challenge to its stability” and must remain united behind President Vladimir Putin, its prime minister said on Monday, after mercenaries briefly occupied a strategic command center for its Ukraine war and marched on Moscow.

The armed mutiny over the weekend by the powerful Wagner Group and its abrupt ending with no apparent penalties for the perpetrators or their leader were followed on Monday by official moves to return the country to normal.

The extraordinary events left governments, both friendly and hostile to Russia, groping for answers to what could happen next in the country with the world’s largest nuclear arsenal.

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Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said during a televised government meeting that Russia had faced “a challenge to its stability”.

“We need to act together, as one team, and maintain the unity of all forces, rallying around the president,” he said.

Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee said the situation in the country was stable and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said he was canceling a counter-terrorism regime imposed in the capital.

Russia’s ally China, which a senior Russian diplomat visited on Sunday, said it supported Moscow in maintaining national stability while Ukraine and some of its Western allies said the turmoil revealed cracks in Russia.

“The political system is showing fragilities, and the military power is cracking,” European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters in Luxembourg as he arrived for a meeting with ministers from across the 27-member bloc.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, which he calls a “special military operation” to counter a threat to Russia from there and the West, was destroying Russia and the West would continue to back Kyiv.

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