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Head of Wagner group says he has been promised more ammunition

The head of the Wagner group has said he has been promised as much ammunition and weaponry as he needs to continue his assault on the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut.

Yevgeny Prigozhin made the comment in a recorded message posted on his Telegram channel on Sunday morning.

It comes just days after he announced plans to withdraw from Bakhmut, a strategically important city in Ukraine’s east that has been the scene of heavy fighting in recent months, saying the group was suffering “useless and unjustified losses”.

That announcement followed an expletive-laden video in which Prigozhin complained his forces were not being well supplied and criticised the defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, and the chief of the general staff, Valery Gerasimov, by name.

Standing in a field surrounded by dead bodies, he said: “They came here as volunteers and die for you to fatten yourselves in your mahogany offices.”

Updated at 06.32 EDT


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This article was written by Christy Cooney (now) and Adam Fulton (earlier) and originally published on