June 2, 2023

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War in Ukraine | The Wagner chief feels unlikely to take over Bagmouth in the coming days

(Kyiv) Yevgeny Prigojine, head of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner, said it was unlikely to capture the town of Bakhmout, the epicenter of months of fighting in eastern Ukraine, in the coming days.


“It is unlikely that Bagmouth will be completely taken tomorrow or the day after,” Yevgeny Prigozhin said in a Thursday-Friday night telegram, reporting heavy fighting in the southwestern suburbs of the city.

“Pakmuth has not been taken yet. There is a suburb called “Shamolet”. It is an impregnable fortress […] There are very tough battles going on there right now,” said the Wagner leader.

“An important plea: Happiness loves peace. We will finish the job,” he added.

Ukraine said on Tuesday it had recovered 20 km2 On the outskirts of Bakhmaut, months of fighting have been ravaged, admitting that Russian forces have continued to advance into the city.

The battle for this city in Donbass has been bloody and long since the Russian invasion began on February 24, 2022.

Observers doubt the strategic importance of Bachmouth’s victory for Russia, but it would allow Moscow to record victory after several humiliating setbacks.

On the spot, Wagner’s group is supported by the regular Russian army, although Evguéni Prigojine continues to accuse the military line of not providing his men with enough ammunition to capture the city.

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