The creator of the Russian Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, claims that a Russian military unit fled positions in Ukraine under “criminal” orders and blames the “stupidity” of Russian army superiors. He also threatens to remove his men from Bakhmut if they do not receive enough ammo.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of Russia’s Wagner Group, has accused a Russian military unit of fleeing positions near Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine, and blamed the “stupidity” of Russian army commanders. He threatened to pull his fighters out of Bakhmut on May 10 if he does not receive badly needed ammunition. Prigozhin also accused soldiers of receiving “criminal” orders from the top, but Russia’s defense ministry denied the accusation. Wagner has been spearheading Moscow’s fight for the eastern Ukrainian city, but internal divisions have deepened, with Prigozhin repeatedly blaming Russia for failing to send his group enough weapons. Prigozhin has never directly criticized Vladimir Putin, but has been sanctioned by the West for his role in Wagner. Moscow regards capturing Bakhmut as a stepping stone towards taking other cities in Ukraine’s industrial east, but Western observers say its fall would not represent a major win for Moscow or change the battlefield.
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