Wagner’s boss ‘promised munitions’ following the threat of retreat

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Yevgeny Prigozhin has made a number of venomous outbursts directed towards the Russian government. Image source: CONCORD PRESS SERVICE.

The head of Russia’s Wagner Group says Moscow has agreed to his demands for more ammo, just days after threatening to remove his troops from Bakhmut.

On Thursday, Yevgeny Prigozhin delivered a profanity-laced tirade against his Russian partners against the backdrop of Wagner troops’ bodies.

The following day, he announced the evacuation of Wagner fighters from Bakhmut by May 10.

Prigozhin, on the other hand, announced on Sunday that Moscow had agreed to furnish the necessary resources to continue the struggle in the city.

This abrupt shift in Prigozhin’s direction is hardly surprising considering his history of making hollow threats and seeking attention.

Despite Bakhmut’s dubious strategic relevance, Russian soldiers and Wagner fighters have been seeking to take the city for several months.

According to Western sources, the struggle for the eastern Ukrainian city has become a symbolically significant contest, with thousands of Russian and Wagner troops allegedly killed.

Despite fighting on the same side, the partnership between Russian troops and Wagner fighters is shaky, and Yevgeny Prigozhin has publicly chastised Russian officials for failing to provide adequate front-line support.

Prigozhin said in a recent statement that Gen Sergei Surovikin, who previously led Russia’s forces in Ukraine from October to January, had been assigned as an intermediary between Russia’s regular military and the Wagner mercenaries.

Prigozhin declared, “This is the only man with the star of an army general who knows how to battle.

There are no other reasonable army generals.

Even while Prigozhin didn’t say it directly, he implied that he would keep his word and keep soldiers in Bakhmut by saying that his men have been given permission to act there as they see fit.

To Prigozhin’s most recent assertion, the Kremlin has not yet made an official statement.

Prigozhin is thought to have his own political ambitions, and Wagner has its own command structure, goals, and driving forces.

Prigozhin has regularly attacked Valery Gerasimov, the head of the general staff, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, amid rumours of power struggles within Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.

The location of the ammo was a topic of Prigozhin’s rage and frustration on Thursday, and he also accused Shoigu and Gerasimov of profiting from the sacrifice of Wagner volunteers who were losing their lives as a result of the lack of ammunition.

He added that Wagner’s soldiers were suffering daily losses that were rising quickly.

Officials from Ukraine, on the other hand, had doubts about Prigozhin’s sincere intentions to remove his forces from Bakhmut.

Hanna Maliar, the deputy minister of defense, stated on Friday that Wagner was actually sending its mercenaries back towards Bakhmut in order to take control of the city before the Russian Victory Day celebrations, which were slated for the following Tuesday.

Other incidents have recently occurred in Russia and Ukraine. As Russia apparently evacuated the towns it had taken close to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power facility, 

  • There was reportedly a “mad panic” situation. 
  • A pro-war Russian author who was the target of a vehicle bomb has also recovered from his coma.
  •  Russia has come under fire from Ukraine for employing white phosphorus bombs in Bakhmut.

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