Wagner Group leader threatens to withdraw troops from Ukrainian city of Bakhmut over ammunition row.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, the leader of Russia’s Wagner Group, has threatened to withdraw his troops from the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut by Wednesday due to a row over ammunition. Prigozhin posted a video showing him walking among dead fighters’ bodies, asking defence officials for more supplies. He pinned his decision on Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov, and accused them of not providing enough ammunition to his mercenaries. Prigozhin’s influence appears to have waned in recent months, and he has made threats in the past that he did not follow through with. The battle for Bakhmut has dragged for months, with Wagner troops and regular Russian forces fighting on the same side against the Ukrainian military. US-based military analyst Rob Lee argues that Wagner’s complaint of shortages likely reflects Russia’s defence ministry rationing ammunition ahead of Ukraine’s long anticipated counter-offensive.