Armed Forces of Ukraine say Prigozhin wants to flee Bakhmut because Wagner Group is broken

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Serhiy Cherevatyy, spokesman for the Eastern group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, says the reason Yevgeny Prigozhin is claiming to have completely captured Bakhmut is because the Wagner Group leader intends to withdraw its mercenaries from the ruined city, which may be surrounded by Ukrainian defenders, as soon as possible.

Source: Serhiy Cherevatyy, speaking to Free Radio

Details: On 20 May, Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin posted a video filmed outside the railway station building in the centre of Bakhmut in which he claimed that his mercenaries had completely captured the city and that on 25 May they would hand over its "defence" to soldiers of the Russian Ministry of Defence and leave.

The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine has denied that Bakhmut has been captured: although the situation in the city is "critical", Ukrainian soldiers control certain sites.

 

Bakhmut: what remains under control of the Ukrainian Defence Forces as of 20 May 2023

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Cherevatyy also assured his audience that the Ukrainian defenders hold a number of buildings in Bakhmut.

Quote from Cherevatyy: "The fighting continues, we are holding a number of buildings in Bakhmut…

We’ve actually knocked out his [Prigozhin’s – ed.] very powerful group. It is close to destruction.

You understand that he is saying he’s going to withdraw his troops and he’s taken Bakhmut. That's all it says. ‘The guy said he’d do it and he did it’, and then do whatever you want as long as you let me go. [He’s running away – ed.] with his tail between his legs because he lost his best people.

In fact, his Wagner Group is broken."

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