June 10, 2023


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Expert reaction: – It’s embarrassing

While a Ukrainian counterattack seems just around the corner, the chief of mercenaries in the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, is sounding the alarm about his forces in Ukraine.

He says that they have suffered heavy losses in Bakhmut and threatens to withdraw their forces from the city.

The commander wants more ammunition and thinks the Kremlin is sending them too little. This was revealed in a video interview with Russian war blogger Simjon Pegov published on Friday, Danish news agency Ritzau writes.

The expert reacts

Prigozhin is reported to have said that they are piling up thousands of corpses every day and that the losses are five times greater than they need to be.

Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin is said to have sent a letter to the Russian Defense Minister. Video: NTB, ISW, Dagbladet, and AP. Correspondent: Håvard TL Knutsen.
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Niklas Rindbo, a former researcher at the Danish Defense Academy and an expert on the Wagner Group, reacts to the fact that the Wagner boss, who was often overly optimistic about Russia’s chances in the war, now says the opposite.

It also highlights in particular an article Prigozhin wrote a short time ago in which he argued that Russia might be interested in a major loss in order to bring forces together before retaliatory action, writes Danish TV 2.

– It’s embarrassing. There is certainly nothing he can’t sweep under the rug. He also knows very well that he also connects with Western audiences, says Randibo Danish TV 2.

As Dagbladet wrote yesterday, Prigozjin also spoke very negatively about the future of the Wagner Group in the same interview.

Rendboe believes that Prigozhin is preparing not to lose face and that he is engaged in a rhetorical exercise that does not have to be very credible.

– will disappear

He needs ammo

thought the blacksmith Institute for the Study of War He also mentions Prigozhin’s sensational interview in his daily report on the war in Ukraine.

– If our shortage of ammunition is not resolved, we will be forced – so as not to run away later like cowardly rats – either to retreat or die, he says.

He is said to have contacted the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, and requested new supplies as soon as possible.

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