Mercenary group Wagner From Russia, which leads the blockade Bakhmut in Ukraine and maintains satellites in Africa and other parts of the world, it may cease to exist in a short time, its founder, Yevgeny Prigozhin, hinted in an interview broadcast on Friday.
In the response, recorded on video, it cannot be deduced whether he was joking or serious, but it wouldn’t be the first or last time that Prigozhin has gained prominence through controversy and statements of style.
Prigozhin has repeatedly complained about the way Russia is conducting the war in Ukraine. He often says that the regular armed forces do not give his men the ammunition they need, and he sometimes accuses senior officials of treason.
Now, regarding the general need for shells at the front, what we want. “Today we are reaching the point where Wagner ends,” he told Russian war blogger Semyon Pegov.
Wagner, in a short period of time, will cease to exist. We will become history, you don’t have to worry, such things happen.”
Pegov posted the clip on his Telegram channel. Wagner did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Prigozhin, known for his combative style and sarcastic sense of humor, said on Thursday he was joking when he said his forces would stop shelling Bakhmut to allow Ukrainian forces to show the city to American journalists.