According to Russian leader Yevgeny Prigozhin, the retaking of Berkhivka by the Ukrainian army north of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine was a “disgrace” on Monday.
Russian mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin said on Monday that Ukrainian forces had retaken part of the settlement of Berkhivka, north of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine, calling it a “disgrace.”https://t.co/I5lhSv8Pva pic.twitter.com/5amGc5ggxk
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After the war’s bloodiest month, Prigozhin’s private Wagner militia conquered Bakhmut and handed it over to regular Russian troops the month prior. Ukrainian forces maintained their assaults on neighborhoods on the city’s outskirts.
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Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of the Wagner Group, has said that his mercenaries were fired upon by the Russian military in May. He even shared an interrogation of a captured Russian lieutenant colonel.
Source: Prigozhin’s press service pic.twitter.com/zBufcUZB69
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Now that a sizable chunk of the town of Barkhivka has been destroyed, the soldiers are leaving quietly. Disgrace!” Prigozhin stated in an audio message released by his office’s media relations department.
Today Wagner is supposedly withdrawing the bulk of its units from Bakhmut.
Prigozhin stated that all of Wagner will leave Bakhmut before June 5.
It’s either an orchestrated theatrical performance or an invitation for the Ukrainian Armed Forces to take the city.
Side note:… pic.twitter.com/c7JuzsO18Z
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He requested that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and General Staff Chief Valery Gerasimov lead by example and address the troops in person.
The words, “Come on, you can do it!” They claimed. “And if you can’t, you’ll die a hero.”
Prigozhin publicly feuded with Shoigu and Gerasimov for months, accusing them of neglecting to adequately supply Wagner with ammunition and support on the field, leading to the division’s avoidable high losses.
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