Russia’s Wagner mercenary group´s chief Yevgeny Prigozhin said he has been told that he and his troops will be branded traitors if they leave their positions in Bakhmut.
Russian mercenary group Wagner´s chief Prigozhin has announced that he has been told that if he or his troops abandoned their positions in the city of Bakhmut in Ukraine, they will be branded as traitors.
In a statement made during a video posted online on Tuesday, May 9, Prigozhin said, “A combat order came yesterday which clearly stated that if we leave our positions (in Bakhmut), it will be regarded as treason against the motherland. That was the message to us”.
He stated that “(But) if there is no ammunition, then we will leave our positions and be the ones asking who is really betraying the Motherland. Apparently, the one (betraying the Motherland) is the person who signed it (the order to supply too little ammunition.”
Prigozhin continued and stated that his troops will stay in Bakhmut, while they keep insisting to get more ammunition “for a few more days”.
This statement by Prigozhin comes as he has accused the Russian defence ministry of “deliberately starving his forces of ammunition”, as per Reuters.
Prigozhin had earlier this week announced that there was a possibility that the issue of ammunition shortage could be solved.
He then announced on Tuesday, May 9, that “They’ve given us only 10% of what we asked for. We’ve been deceived”.
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