The expected counteroffensive of the Ukrainian army will begin by May 15. This was supported by the head of Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, in a video interview with journalist Semyon Pegov, citing TASS. “The Ukrainian army is ready for a counterattack. “He was being held back by the bad weather and maybe some internal problems he had to solve,” Prigozhin said. “Maybe they will give us some rest on May 9, but the attack will start 100% before May 15,” he concluded.
Prigozhin then said that the mercenary militia of the Wagner Group may soon disappear, as he repeatedly complained about the way Russia was waging war in Ukraine and claimed that the regular armed forces were not supplying ammunition to their troops and accused the military leaders of treachery. “Wagner is running out of steam,” Prigozhin explained. “In a short time it will come to an end. We will become history. Don’t worry, things like this happen.” Blogger Pegov posted the clip with Prigogine’s statements on his Telegram channel. Interview by news agency ReutersWagner did not comment. Prigozhin, known for his combative style and sarcastic sense of humor, said he was joking when he said his forces would stop shelling Bakhmut to allow Ukrainian forces to show the city to American journalists. But he also said his forces had suffered heavy losses this week due to a lack of support from Moscow. Last week, he expressed concern about a counter-attack by well-equipped Ukrainian forces on Bakhmut. In the past, Wagner sent soldiers to fight in Syria and in conflicts across Africa. In January, the US formally designated the Wagner Group as a transnational criminal organization, and froze its US assets for helping the Russian military in the war in Ukraine.
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