The founder of the Russian private military organization Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, called on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky not to withdraw troops from Bakhmut and to continue the fight.
Although the withdrawal of Ukrainians from Bakhmut is increasingly certain, primarily due to the position of Russian troops, there are still disagreements within the Ukrainian leadership about whether to order a withdrawal or not. Apparently, such an opportunity was used by the first man of Russian mercenaries who sent a message to the President of Ukraine.
“Dear Volodymyr, many people are asking you to withdraw troops from Bakhmut. Do not do that. Bakhmut is the main event of this war. We must fight on. You will show cowardice and you will no longer have respect,” said Prigozhin.
According to him, the Ukrainian people would never forgive the leadership for handing over the city to the Russian private army.
“Resist. Fight to the end,” Prigozhin said.
By the way, in the battles for Bahmut, mercenaries of the Wagner group, who previously also participated in the battle for Soledar, take part in large numbers. However, in the last few days, the presence of the regular Russian army, mostly personnel mobilized in the past few months, has been noted on the front around Bakhmut.