The head of Russia’s Wagner Mercenary Group Yevgeny Prigozhin claims to have controlled more than half of Bakhut City in Ukraine east. The mercenary group was indeed deployed for the purpose of liberating the city from Ukraine.
As reported by AFP, Monday (20/3/2023), Yevgeny Prigozhin claims to have controlled 70 percent of Bakhmut City. He conveyed to the Russian Government that it would continue the process of liberating the city.
“Currently, Wagner’s units control about 70 percent of the city of Bakhmut and are continuing operations to complete the liberation of the city,” Yevgeny Prigozhin said in an open letter to the Minister of Defense. Russia Sergei Shoigu.
In a letter published on social media, Prigozhin appealed to Shoigu to provide Wagner’s units with the necessary equipment to repel a Ukrainian counterattack. The attack, he said, would be carried out in late March or April.
Russian and Ukrainian troops have invested heavily in the battle for Bakhmut, although analysts say the city is of little strategic value.
Ukraine says the battle for the industrial city is key to holding back Russian troops along its eastern front.