The head of the Wagner Group said that the Russian invasion of Ukraine had failed and that the anger “may end like in 1917, with a revolution.”

The founder of the Wagner private mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, in Moscow (Reuters) (YULIA MOROZOVA /)

The head of the mercenary company wagner group, Yevgeny Prigozhinadmitted the failure of the Russian military campaign in Ukrainewhen verifying that none of its objectives have been met, and warned that Russia could face a revolution similar to that of 1917 and lose the conflict in the Ukraine unless the elite took the fight seriously.

“The special military operation was launched with the aim of ‘denazifying’, but we made Ukraine a nation known to the whole world. They (Ukrainians) are like the Greeks and Romans of the times of the heyday,” the leader of the Wagnerites said in an interview posted on his Telegram channel.

The demilitarization of Ukraine, the other mission raised by Russian President Vladimir Putin, is also a failure for Prigozhin. “If before the start of the special operation they (the Ukrainians) had, say, 500 tanks, now they have 5,000. If then 20,000 troops knew how to fight, now there are 400,000. So we demilitarize it? Now it turns out that we militarized Ukraine, and in what way“, summarized.

He assured that the Wagner Group “is the best army in the world” and added that “to be correct, I should say that the second is the Russian one.”

“But I think that the ukrainians have one of the strongest armies”, Prigozhin said, explaining that Ukrainian troops successfully handle any weapon system, whether it is of Soviet or NATO origin.

Prigozhin claimed that Bakhmut will not fall in the next two days
Prigozhin often frequents the battlefront (Reuters)

Russia’s most powerful mercenary said his political outlook was dominated by love of the homeland and service to President Vladimir Putin, but warned that Russia was in danger of turmoil. As he analyzed, there is a supposedly optimistic vision according to which the West would get tired of the war and China would mediate a peace agreement, but that he did not really believe in that interpretation.

Instead he said, Ukraine was preparing a counteroffensive intended to push Russian troops back to its borders before 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea. Ukraine would try to encircle Bakhmut, the focus of heavy fighting in the east, and attack Crimea, she added.

Most likely of all, this scenario is not good for Russia, so we have to prepare for a hard war.”, he said in the interview.

“We are in such a condition that we could lose Russia, damn it, That is the main problem (…). We have to impose martial law.”

Prigozhin also attacked the sons of the country’s elite for the luxurious life that they display on social networks, when “their children are returned to ordinary people in zinc coffins, torn to pieces.”

“And we must not think that there are hundreds, now there are tens of thousands of relatives of the dead. AND surely there will be hundreds of thousands”, he added.

If ordinary Russians continue to stuff their children into zinc coffins while the sons of the elite “shake their asses” in the sun, he said, Russia will face turmoil similar to the 1917 revolutions that ushered in the a civil war.

This division can end as in 1917 with a revolution“, said.

First the soldiers will rise, and then their loved ones will.“, he claimed. “There are already tens of thousands of them, relatives of those killed. And probably there will be hundreds of thousands: we can’t help it”.

Wagner's Prigozhin accuses the Russian army of fleeing key positions near Bakhmut

Prigozhin criticized Russia’s post-Soviet policy towards Ukraine and called the implementation of what the Kremlin calls a “special military operation” unclear, contradictory and confusing.

The Russian military leadership, he said, had repeatedly “blundered” during the war. The stated goal of demilitarizing Ukraine, he said, had failed.

Prigozhin claimed that the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin would not have accepted such a failure. The cross-border attack on Russia’s Belgorod region exposed the failure of the military leadership, and warned that Ukraine would try to penetrate further into Russia.

He also held that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu should be replaced by Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsevwhile the chief of the General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, should be replaced by Sergei Surovikin, dubbed “General Armageddon” by the Russian media.

Asked about his political creed: “I love my homeland, I serve Putin, Shoigu must be tried and we will continue to fight.”

Russia needed mobilize more men and direct the economy exclusively to warPrigozhin stated.

Wagner said, had conscripted some 50,000 convicts during the war, about 20% of whom had died. About the same amount of his contract soldiers, 10,000, also perished.

For its part, Ukraine would have suffered in Bakhmut, according to Prigozhin, some 50,000 casualties.

Prigozhin said that his nickname “Putin’s chef” was idiotsince he did not know how to cook and had never been a chef, joking that “Putin’s butcher” might be a more apt moniker.

“They could have given me a nickname right away: Putin’s butcher, and everything would have been fine,” he said.

(With information from EFE and Reuters)

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