Wagner boss Prigozhin threatens Russian govt with Bakhmut pullout, Yevgeny Prigozhin Video
Yevgeny Prigozhin Video
Wagner boss Prigozhin threatens Russian govt with Bakhmut pullout, The head of the Russian mercenary group Wagner threatened Friday to pull his troops out of Ukraine’s Bakmut if the military command did not supply more ammunition.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, a notorious millionaire with longtime links to Russian President Vladimir Putin, claimed that Wagner had planned to capture Bakhmut by May 9.
That day is a major Russian holiday marking the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.But, Prigozhin said, his force hasn’t received enough artillery ammunition supplies from the Russian military since Monday.
Known for his bluster, Prigozhin has previously made unverifiable claims and made threats he hasn’t carried out.
Hours before releasing the statement, Prigozhin’s spokespeople published a video of him angrily demanding ammunition from Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and General Staff Chief Valery Gerasimov.
In the video, Prigozhin stands in front of around 30 uniformed bodies lying on the ground. He says they are the bodies of Wagner fighters who died on Thursday alone.
Prigozhin speaks in a furious tone and uses numerous expletives in the video.”These are someone’s fathers and someone’s sons,” Prigozhin says, pointing at the bodies.
The scum that doesn’t give us ammunition will eat their guts in hell.”Russia’s Defense Ministry did not immediately comment on the claims, and it was not possible to independently verify them.
Wagner ran out of resources to advance in early April, but we’re advancing despite the fact that the enemy’s resources outnumber ours fivefold,” Prigozhin’s statement said. “Because of the lack of ammunition, our losses are growing exponentially every day.
The Wagner Group has spearheaded the struggle for control of Bakhmut, which is the longest – and likely bloodiest – battle of the war. The more than eight months of fighting there is believed to have cost thousands of lives, though neither side is saying how many.