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Wagner mercenary group fighters wave flags of Russia and Wagner group on top of a building


Escalating Prigozhin claims and threats

Mission accomplished, says Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Russian businessman who leads the Wagner Group, the private army fighting for Russia in Ukraine. On Monday, Prigozhin announced his forces had taken the Ukrainian town of Bakhmut and planned to pass control of it to Russian regular army troops by June 1. He also continues to signal that his forces may be leaving Ukraine altogether to focus on battlefields in Africa that offer his mercenary company greater profits and glory than can be found in Ukraine.

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Wagner private mercenary group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin


Prigozhin’s meltdown

Last Friday, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the volatile and violent head of the Wagner Group private military force, announced he was pulling his fighters from the Ukrainian town of Bakhmut because Russia’s incompetent Defense Ministry wasn’t providing the ammunition his boys needed to take the city. He illustrated his point with a video that showed him walking among the corpses of many of his fighters.

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