Wagner has spearheaded the Russian attack on Bahmut
The founder of the Russian mercenary group Wagner released video today showing his fighters almost in the center of what he said was Bakhmut, the small Ukrainian town Wagner has been fighting to capture for months.
Wagner has spearheaded the Russian assault on Bakhmut, which before the war had a population of 75,000, and has been making steady but increasing progress around the city’s outskirts in recent months, putting Ukrainian supply lines at risk.
In a post on Telegram, the press service of Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of Wagner, reports that he said: “The children are fooling around, making videos. They brought this from Bahamut this morning, practically the center of the city.’ Reuters was not immediately able to locate the location where the video was filmed.
In the video, uniformed men are seen placing a Wagner banner on a half-damaged high-rise building. One of them dances and holds a guitar, a reference to Wagner’s unofficial nickname “the musicians”.
According to reports, Ukrainian forces were holding their positions in Bakhmut early today but are under constant attack from Russian troops who are looking to score their first major victory in more than half a year.
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