Head of Russian paramilitary group announces complete capture of Ukrainian town of Bakhmut

The head of the Wagner Group, Yevgueni Prigozhin, announced the seizure of the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, besieged for 10 months by his paramilitary units.

“Today at noon the last redoubt of the Samoliot (Airplane) neighborhood was taken in the city of Bakhmut,” he said with a Russian flag in his hands in a video posted on his Telegram account, accompanied by several Wagner fighters.

Prigozhin noted that “the operation for the capture of Bakhmut, ‘Bajmut’s meat grinder’, lasted 224 days.”

“It started on October 8, 2022 to give the battered Russian Army a chance to recover,” he added.

It was a bloody campaign that also revealed deep discrepancies between Wagner’s chief and the Russian Ministry of Defense, which he repeatedly accused of insufficient supplies of weapons and ammunition and of allowing regular units to flee from the positions taken by the group. paramilitary.

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