Russian mercenary group Wagner’s leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, accuses a Russian brigade of fleeing and allowing Ukraine to seize territory, adding to his growing public criticisms of Moscow’s Ministry of Defense for the faltering invasion of Ukraine.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, accused a Russian brigade of fleeing its position in front-line Bakhmut, allowing Ukraine to capture territory. This is the latest in a series of criticisms he has made of Moscow’s Ministry of Defense for the faltering invasion of Ukraine. He had not previously accused Russian units of running from battle and allowing Ukrainian forces to recapture territory. Prigozhin said the 72nd brigade “just ran the hell out of there”. He also stated that there is a risk of encirclement of Wagner PMC in Bakhmut as a result of the failure of the flanks. Despite the vast amounts of manpower Russia has poured into capturing the city, they have been unable to take total control and have suffered heavy losses in the area. Prigozhin blamed “internal competition” for reducing supplies to Wagner and warned that without sufficient ammunition, the “meat grinder” of the conflict would work in the opposite direction, with the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroying PMC Wagner.