According to the head of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Ukrainian counteroffensive has begun in the city of Artyomovsk, also known as Bakhmut, posing a threat to his under-supplied troops. Prigozhin stated that Wagner forces had advanced over 200 meters on Wednesday, sustaining 116 fatalities, and leaving only a small portion of the city under Ukrainian control.
Despite the initial success, the private military company’s leader shared a grim picture of the situation, citing “acute” ammunition shortages and claiming that Wagner troops have only enough rounds remaining for a few days. The Russian Defense Ministry has reportedly ignored their requests for artillery ammunition, leaving them without the necessary resources to maintain their position.
In contrast, Prigozhin stated that the Ukrainian forces have “unlimited manpower and ammunition,” raising the specter of overwhelming force against his troops. Wagner forces have been involved in street fighting in Artyomovsk, with the Ukrainians funneling tens of thousands of soldiers to the city, even as Russian troops establish fire control over all the supply roads, leaving them half-surrounded.
This latest development marks a significant escalation in the ongoing conflict in Donbass, with the Ukrainian forces launching a counteroffensive against Russian-backed troops. The situation remains volatile, with the possibility of further violence and loss of life. It highlights the importance of diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict and prevent further escalation that could have far-reaching consequences for the region and beyond.
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