Reuters said that a day before the commander of the Russian Wagner Group Yevgeny Prigozhin’s plane crash, a Russian official visited Libya to reassure allies that fighters from the Wagner Group would remain in the country, but under Moscow’s control.

Meeting in Benghazi, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yunus-Bek Yevkurov told Khalifa Haftar on Tuesday that Wagner forces would report to a new commander, a Libyan official with knowledge of the meeting said, according to Reuters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the death of the founder and owner of Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, after his private plane crashed north of Moscow, offering condolences to his family.