Russia has promised a supply of enough ammunition for the Wagner Group mercenary group to stay afloat and fight in Bakmut, eastern Ukraine. Photo/Concord Press Service/via REUTERS
MOSCOW – The mercenary group Wagner Group said the military Russia has promised to provide enough ammunition. For that, they were asked to stay and fight in Bakhmut, Ukraine timur.
That was announced by the head of the Russian Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, on Sunday.
The promise of ammunition supplies came after Prigozhin threatened via video that his troops would withdraw from the battle in Bakhmut due to ammunition “starvation” to which the Kremlin never responded.
Prigozhin’s rivalry and Russia’s conventional army has heated up during the battle for the now-destroyed flashpoint, Wagner—where the Wagner Group is leading the charge.
“Last night we received combat orders… they promised to provide us with all the ammunition and weaponry we need to continue the operation in Bakhmut,” Prigozhin said.
“(We) have been assured that everything needed will be provided,” the Wagner boss continued.
On Friday, he threatened to pull his troops out of Bakhmut by May 10, blaming Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and General Staff General Valery Gerasimov for “tens of thousands” of Russian casualties. Threats delivered in a video full of profanities.
“Their unprofessionalism destroyed tens of thousands of Russian people and that is unforgivable,” he said.
The internal row comes as Russia has reported an increase in drone attacks and sabotage inside its territory ahead of a spring retaliatory offensive from Ukraine.
Ukraine also reported casualties early Monday from a new Russian attack on Kiev overnight.
Ukraine’s air command said that 35 Russian drones launched at the city had been detected and shot down, while the local military administration said at least five people were injured, with the falling debris causing damage in various areas.
In Odessa, the district military administration reported an airstrike on a warehouse, but there was no information on casualties.