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Wagner boss threatens to pull out of Bakhmut, slams Russian military

By Robyn Dixon

05 May 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post reports on the escalating rivalry between Russian military leaders in Ukraine as Wagner mercenary group's Yevgeniy Prigozhin threatens to withdraw troops over ammunition shortages.

In a sharp escalation of the rivalry between Russia's disparate military forces in Ukraine, the head of the Wagner mercenary group announced Friday that he would withdraw his fighters from the still-raging battle for Bakhmut over a lack of ammunition.

Yevgeniy Prigozhin released a statement and video on his Telegram channel demanding that Valery Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, sign an order indicating when the military would replace Wagner forces in Bakhmut, the eastern Ukrainian city that Russia has been trying to seize since last year. He said he would withdraw his forces on May 10.

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