Ukraine war – The front of Bakhmutin eastern Ukraine, casualties continue to mount and a new balance sheet of Russian losses has emerged. About 100,000 Russian soldiers died trying to take this city. This is supported by Serhiy Cherevaty, spokesman for the eastern group of the Ukrainian armed forces, speaking of “rough calculations” in an interview on Ukrainian television relaunched by the Guardian.
Bakhmut, the “Meat Grinder” operation.
“I am sure that further checks will only show an increase in this number. This is natural, as the enemy uses the ‘meat grinder’ method of waging war,” he said, adding that Russia has thrown around. 415 artillery attacks in the last 24 hours and 64 Russian soldiers died on Sunday.
Cherevaty believes that Russia does not appear to be short of ammunition, despite the claims of the head of Wagner’s mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin. “These statements are probably related to the fact that he made too many promises about the capture of Bakhmut and invented this nonsense about the shortage of ammunition, since, apart from the loss of men, he has no other ‘victories'” .
Instead, Wagner’s troops will not withdraw from Bakhmut
On Saturday, Prigozhin said in a statement that Chechen special forces would replace Wagner fighters in the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut at midnight on May 10. Putin’s cook (as Prigozhin is nicknamed, here we explained why) had shot a video in which he appeared furiously accusing top Russian military leaders.
Kadyrov, who commands the Chechen “Akhmat” battalion, said he had contacted Russian President Vladimir Putin and that his fighters were «ready to move forward» towards the city «The soldiers are on high alert, we are just waiting for orders»he wrote on Telegram.
Kadyrov takes over?
Prigozhin and Kadyrov have it «probably effectively blackmail» the Russian Ministry of Defense «threatening to push Kadyrov’s Chechen forces out of other parts of the theater to relieve Wagner’s forces in Bakhmut»the Washington-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) wrote on Sunday.
Wagner’s mercenary forces led Moscow’s efforts to capture the Donbass city of Bakhmut, where both sides suffered heavy casualties. Prigozhin in the video was complaining, (shouting) about the lack of ammunition.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and theater commander General Valery Gerasimov may have «decided to allocate ammunition to Wagner on Putin’s recommendation»analyzed the think tank Isw.
Newsweek reports that despite Prigozhin’s threats, Wagner’s forces continued to advance towards Bakhmut quoting Marina Miron, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, UK.
Source : IL Messaggero