Letter to the Ministry – Wagner boss wants reinforcements for the battle for Bachmut


The Russian mercenary group Wagner has asked the Ministry of Defense in Moscow for help in the battle for Bakhmut. Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin wrote a letter to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. This should prevent his troops from being cut off by the Russian forces.

According to Prigozhin’s information, the Ukrainian armed forces are planning a large-scale offensive in late March-early April. The Wagner troops must be cut off from the Russian soldiers. Shoigu must urgently take the necessary steps to prevent this, the letter says.

Otherwise, the “negative consequences” for the Russian invasion. “The Wagner units currently control about 70 percent of Bachmut and will continue their attacks until they are completely liberated,” said the Wagner boss. According to Prigozhin, he also has information about how the Ukrainian armed forces are positioned, but has not published it. According to him, the mercenaries are so far the only Russian units fighting in Bakhmut. The Russian army is said to be active on other front sectors in the Donetsk region.

Defense holds for months
Bakhmut has been fighting since late summer and two months ago the fighting turned into the bloodiest battle of the war in Ukraine. There is still confidence in Ukraine that the city can be defended. For two months now, the armed forces have been able to withstand the heaviest enemy attacks, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maljar said. Many would have thought the defense would last a week or two at most.

About 70,000 people used to live in the city, but a few thousand still survive. Should the city fall, the route to the major cities of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk would open to Russian troops. This could bring a complete conquest of the Donetsk region closer.

Source: Krone


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