As Russian forces battle for the city of Bakhmut, Team Leader Wagner has stated that they are not receiving the necessary ammunition from Moscow that they need to gain control of the city. Prigozhin said he had sent a letter to top military officials, saying his men urgently needed ammunition, Reuters reported.

Specifically, in a post on Sunday, Prigozhin said the documents had been signed on February 22 and the ammunition was to be sent to Bahmut the next day. But most of them had not been shipped, he said, before let it be implied that this action might have been intentional.

Yevgeny Prigozhin characterized this delay as “ordinary red tape or treason”a comment that proves once again that relations between Wagner and Moscow are strained.

Also, Prigozhin stated that his representative could not have access to the headquarters of the military command of Russia.

“On March 6, at 8 a.m., my representative at headquarters had his pass canceled and was denied access to the team’s headquarters,” Prigozhin said.

Also, in a video uploaded on Saturday – but apparently filmed in February – Prigozhin said his men feared they were being “set up” as scapegoats should Russia lose the war in Ukraine.

“If we back down, we will go down in history as the people who took the main step to lose the war,” he said.

“And that’s exactly the problem with shell “starvation” (lack of ammunition). This is not my opinion, but the opinion of ordinary fighters… What if (the Russian authorities) want to set it up for us, saying that we are skarts – and that’s why they don’t give us ammunition, they don’t give us weapons and they don’t let us replenish our staff?’ Prigozhin wondered.