The head of Putin’s mercenaries said the Russian army is fleeing from Bakhmut and its defenses are collapsing before the Ukrainian advance

Yevgeny Prigozhin said that the Russian defenses in Bakhmut “collapse”

The head of the Russian paramilitary group Wagner on Friday accused the Russian army of “fleeing” from its positions near Bakhmutin Ukraineand considered that the defenses “collapse” and the military commanders minimize the situation.

“Defense ministry units just flanked” in Bakhmut, he said Yevgeny Prigozhin in a video. Defenses “collapse”, attempts to “soften the situation” will lead to a global tragedy for Russia, she added.

According to him, Ukrainian forces regained control of a reservoir north of Bakhmut and took up positions on elevated tactical zones, overlooking the city.

He also stated that kyiv has recovered the road that leads to the town of Chasiv Yar further west, it had been blockaded by Russian forces for several weeks.

The statements of Prigozhin could not be independently verified.

Ukraine claimed on Friday to have recaptured up to two kilometers from Russian forces around Bakhmut. But the Russian Defense Ministry claimed it had repelled 26 Ukrainian attacks on a 95-kilometre-long front in the Soledar sector north of Bakhmut.

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