Wagner militia chief Evgeny Prigozhin claims victory over Russian military cadres after blatant fighting

Evgeny Prigogine

Evgeny Prigogine Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

As Russia marks the first anniversary of its invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech highlighting Russia’s unity in the fight against war. highlight the obvious division.

Monday, Prigogine — former Wagner investor and public face Known as “Putin’s Chef” — obliquely denounced Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and Ukrainian War Commander General Valery Gerasimov thwarted his request for ammunitionHe dialed up the attack on Tuesday and condemn outright Shoigu and Gerasimov note that “Wagner PMC can now be seen as high treason” for “handing out orders left and right that the Wagner PMC should not receive ammunition.” fight for bahmut, losing hundreds of fighters every day. ”

The Russian Defense Ministry denied Prigozhin’s allegations of ammunition shortages, saying such accusations only encouraged Russia’s enemies by undermining national unity.Prigogine Its response called “An attempt to cover up their crimes”

Prigogine posted a photo of a room full of corpses he said were dead Wagner fighters on Wednesday — CNN called it “One of the strangest PR campaigns in memory” — and claimed “All these people died yesterday because of this so-called ammunition starvation.”

On Thursday, he claimed victory and said the requested ammunition was ready.

“In the opaque world of the Russian military, it’s impossible to know if his troops got ammunition or if the Kremlin lost patience and told him to do well. new york times report. either way, Washington Post addPrigogine’s public outburst “exposed what the Russian president refused to admit: his war is waning, and the major players in the Kremlin’s orbit are now at each other’s throats.”

Prigogine out of the shadows last summer, publicly Recruit Wagner Squadron from Russian Prison, offers a pardon from Putin if it offers a six-month contract to fight in Ukraine. According to US estimates, about 40,000 of the 50,000 mercenaries Wagner sent to Ukraine were prisoners, and most of the 30,000 Wagner soldiers were killed or wounded in action. led a near-suicidal attack Undermine the entrenched Ukrainian army.

Prigogine complained that the Ministry of Defense had erased Wagner from Russian military operations before fussing over ammunition supplies. Progress of Soledar and bahmutPutin did not mention Wagner in his speech this week.

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