Some ten thousand combatants Wagner Group, a paramilitary fighting for Russia, died in the battle for Bakhmut.
It is a group made up of prisoners who were recruited, acknowledged the head of the organization, Yevgueni Prigozhin.
I selected 50,000 detainees of whom 20% died,” Prigozhin said.
According to him, the Ukrainian losses are higher.
in the east of Ukrainethe city of bakhmut It became the epicenter of the fighting.
I have three times fewer deaths (…) and around two times fewer injuries,” he said in an interview with pro-Kremlin blogger Konstantin Dolgov.
Prigozhin for the first time openly about the magnitude of his casualties, when on the Russian side everything possible is done to keep secret the number of dead and wounded.
The Russian army published its last balance sheet in September 2022, registering 5,900 deaths in their ranks.
For its part, Ukraine assured that during the Battle of Bakhmut, units of former Wagner detainees carried out almost suicidal attacks on the defense lines and were killed in large numbers.
Prigozhin accused the Russian military high command of having deprived him of the weapons and ammunition necessary to avoid those heavy losses.
There are now tens of thousands of relatives of those who died. There will probably be hundreds of thousands. We cannot hide that,” he stated.
He wagner group and the Russian army claimed last weekend that they totally conquered bakhmutwhich Ukraine denies.
Prigozhin He assured that his troops will withdraw from the city before June 1 and hand over their positions to the regular army.
The commander of the Ukrainian ground forces, Oleksander Syrsky, said that his troops only control an “insignificant” part of the city, but that they are still advancing.
With information from AFP.