In the midst of internal disputes between the Russian Army and the Wagner Group, Ukraine celebrates the lack of progress by Putin’s troops

Ukraine said that Russia began its long-awaited major offensive in the eastern Donbas region (ARIS MESSINIS / AFP) (ARIS MESSINIS /)

Ukrainian military intelligence celebrated on Wednesday the lack of substantial progress by Russian forces in the east due to an alleged shortage of ammunition, while the head of Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group, Yevgueni Prigozhin accused the Army of not supplying him with projectiles.

In an interview with a local media, the head of the Ukrainian military intelligence, Kyrylo Budanovassured that Russia has already begun its long-awaited “great offensive” in the eastern region of Donbas, but that it is hardly noticeable due to the shortage of ammunition and missiles What would Russia suffer?

For his part, Prigozhin – whose private army of mercenaries has led some of the Russian advances in recent weeks in Donbas – has once again accused the Ministry of Defense of his country of not providing him with the ammunition he needs and has blamed this institution of the death in combat of its soldiers.

“They are young people who lost their lives as a result of the ammunition famine. They must have been five times less. This means that mothers, wives and children will receive their bodies. Who is guilty of their deaths? Those who should have solved the supply problem with enough ammunition”he claimed.

The Russian Ministry of Defense had previously denied Prigozhin by assuring that the Wagner Group had indeed received the necessary amounts of ammunition.

Even if they were true, Prigozhin’s reproaches to the army are not necessarily a diagnosis of Ukrainian military intelligence. Many analysts attribute the shortages Wagner’s owner complains about to competition between the generals and Prigozhin for the Kremlin’s favor.

Yevgeniy Prigozhin
Yevgeny Prigozhin accused the Russian Army of supplying the Wagner Group with ammunition and missiles (Mikhail Svetlov/)

The analysis of Kiev’s military intelligence, which does not give Moscow the slightest chance of success in its goal of taking over all of Donbas, was consistent with what the president stated on Tuesday. Volodimir Zelensky after meeting with his generals, who see the lack of major moves on the eastern front as proof of Russian impotence.

“Despite all the pressure against our forces, the front line has not changed,” Zelensky said in his daily address.

Meanwhile, the Russian military command reported today several “successful actions” on the Donetsk front, where they would have inflicted about 420 casualties, between dead and wounded, on the Ukrainian troops. The war report did not specifically mention the situation in Bakhmut, the Donetsk town where the heaviest fighting is taking place.

As the gap grows between two of his military pillars in the war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin bathed himself today in a concert organized at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow to celebrate Defender of the Homeland.

With the stands packed to the brim, tens of thousands of Russians waving their country’s tricolor flags chanted old patriotic songs and current hits performed by a cast that included a military choir, singer-songwriters and pop groups.

A few days after one year of the start of the invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin announced that he will go ahead with the war in the neighboring country (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Photo by Kremlin Pool via AP)
A few days after one year of the start of the invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin announced that he will continue with the war in the neighboring country (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Photo by Kremlin Pool via AP) (Alexei Nikolsky /)

In his speech from the stage, Putin referred to the regions his army is trying to conquer in Ukraine as “our historical lands” and showed his support for the “brave fighters” fighting the war.

One of those territories that Putin claims as Russian is the Crimean peninsula, located on the Black Sea and under Russian control since 2014, when Moscow annexed this autonomous republic that the vast majority of the international community continues to legally consider part of Ukraine.

The leader of the annexed region, Sergei Aksionovpresented a new line of fortifications to protect it from a possible Ukrainian offensive.

“You want peace, prepare for war,” he said, using the war maxim of Latin origin. “Crimea is Russian and will remain so, no matter what plans others have,” Aksionov added, referring to Ukraine’s aspirations to retake Crimea.

Aksionov explained that “the line of fortifications covers the entire Crimea”, and stated that it is his initiative to protect the population.

(With information from EFE)

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