Prigozhin staged a whole “performance”, but he did not even think of leaving Bakhmut, the expert believes.
The hysterical statements of the owner of the “Wagner” PVK Yevgeny Prigozhin and his criticism of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, as well as the words about the lack of shells and the withdrawal of their fighters, were a bluff that covered the preparation of a new attack by the Russians on Bakhmut.
About this stated military expert, reserve colonel Roman Svitan in a conversation with Russian journalist and writer Yulia Latynina.
According to Svitan, during the evacuation announced by the Russian Federation, Prigozhin’s fighters who continued to fight there were taken out by buses from a number of settlements in the occupied part of the Zaporizhzhia region, and as a result, they were transferred to Bakhmut.
“All the Prigozhyns from the entire front gather in Bakhmut. Prigozhin had several units scattered across the Zaporozhye Front and part of the Kherson Front. Now they are gathered and transferred first to Mariupol, and then to Bakhmut. They do not leave Bakhmut, but on the contrary – new divisions are thrown there,” he says.
The expert notes that in Bakhmut in particular and in the Donetsk direction in general, the number of shells of the occupiers has not decreased recently, but on the contrary – increased. He also reported that the Russians had withdrawn heavy equipment, tanks, and mortars into the occupied part of the city.
Svitan believes that the occupiers are preparing the final assault on Bakhmut by May 9, however, it is impossible to predict how it will end – the end of the “SVO”, the official declaration of war.
Prigozhin’s statements about the “exit” from Bakhmut: what is the trick of the Russians
It will be recalled that on May 6, Prigozhin announced that he would withdraw his units from Bakhmut by May 10 due to a lack of ammunition. He promised to hand over the positions of his fighters in Bakhmut to the mercenaries of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov.
In response, Kadyrov asked Putin to send his fighters to Bakhmut to replace the Wagnerites. He also “don-don” suggested to his subordinates that Prigozhin be transferred to his units.
However, already on May 7, Prigozhin announced that the “Wagner” PMC was receiving the necessary ammunition and weapons for the continuation of hostilities in Bakhmut.
Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the head of the President’s Office, explained that Prigozhin arranged “showdowns” with the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation solely to divert attention.