Russian oligarch behind the Wagner group, a private paramilitary outfit fighting for Russia in Ukraine, Yevgeny Prigozhin has threatened to commit mutiny against its employer if Kremlin refused to urgently resupply its forces ammunitions.
According to ABC news, a local newspaper in Moscow quoted Prigozhin, saying, Ukraine is planning to launch a counteroffensive soon against Russia.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, owner and curator of the Wagner group, send a message to Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigue, demanding ammunition be provided to his forces on the battlefield.
Prigozhin wrote that if supply problems are not fixed fast, he will complain to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his mercenaries would abandon their positions in Bakhmut, Ukraine, where heavy fighting has been going on for weeks, The Moscow Times reported.
“I appeal to Shoigu with a request to immediately issue ammunition. In case of refusal, I consider it necessary to convey to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, information about the existing problem in order to make a decision and about the advisability of further presence of Wagner PMC in Bakhmut in the conditions of a shortage of ammunition,” Prigozhin wrote.
Adding, “If the deficit is not replenished… we will be forced to withdraw part of the units from this territory, and then everything else will crumble. Therefore, the bell is already ringing — it is called an alarm.”
“We need to stop deceiving the population and telling that everything is fine with us,” Prigozhin wrote. “I must honestly say: Russia is on the brink of disaster. If these screws are not adjusted today, the ‘aircraft’ will crumble in the air”, the Wagner group quoted as reported by ABC news.
Public response from Shoigu or the Kremlin is yet to be made available.
It would be recalled that there were reports of Ukriane soldiers undergoing military drills on Friday in preparation for offensive actions against Russia.
Day later, on Saturday, reports from Russia controlled Crimea indicated that two out of the drones fired at the Oil reservoir hit and set ablaze four fuel tanks.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday said in quotes:
“It is very important that Russia receives ever stronger signals that the world will not forgive any of Russia’s acts of terror. And that as many global players as possible are absolutely principled in upholding the sanctions regime against Russia for terror.
“I thank each and every person in the world who helps strengthen the isolation of terrorists and stop any supply of weapons and their components to terrorists, who works to block the Russian military-industrial complex and to strengthen the defense capabilities of the whole of Europe.
“Following this week, I would like to especially thank our partners from Denmark for Caesars; Slovenia for armored vehicles; Spain for tanks; and Germany for additional defense intentions regarding armored vehicles and shells, and for air defense.
“I am grateful to America for funding in the amount of USD 1 billion 250 million to support our budget and resilience. I am grateful to the Netherlands for the parliamentary decision to train Ukrainian soldiers on advanced Western systems. I am grateful to Italy for its efforts to rebuild our country as soon as possible. I am grateful to Croatia for its new assistance in the treatment of our defenders after being wounded in combat.
“Remaining as united as possible, maintaining the greatest principled stance to protect our common values and implementing defense agreements as fast as possible, all together in Ukraine, in Europe, in the world, we will be able to prevent Russia from protracting the war and restore a normal, just peace.
“Glory to all who are in combat for Ukraine!
“Blessed memory to all our heroes of different times who gave their lives for independence!
“Glory to Ukraine!”