Russia’s Wagner Head Renews Call for More Ammunition for Bakhmut Battle

Russia controls most of Bakhmut but Ukrainian forces are still holding out in western areas of the city

Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, renewed a call on Monday for Russia to provide more ammunition to his forces who are fighting for control of the Donbas city of Bakhmut.

Prigozhin made the comments in a video on his Telegram channel that was recorded while he was inspecting rifles in a warehouse. He said his forces need at least 300 tonnes of artillery ammunition each day.

“Three hundred tonnes a day is 10 cargo containers — not a lot at all … But we are being given no more than a third of that,” he said. Prigozhin has been critical of Russia’s military leadership and has said his mercenary force isn’t receiving enough support.

The battle for Bakhmut has been raging for over eight months. The Wagner Group and regular Russian forces now control the majority of the city, but Ukrainian forces are still holding out and control some western portions.

Military situation in Bakhmut on May 1, 2023 (

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has refused to give up Bakhmut, and Ukrainian soldiers have been sent into the battle with very little training and ammunition. Zelensky previously said if he lost Bakhmut, he would be put under domestic and international pressure to “compromise” with Russia.

Ukraine is expected to launch a counteroffensive soon that will likely be focused in the south, on the land bridge Russia controls to Crimea. According to Pentagon documents allegedly leaked by Jack Teixeira, the US doesn’t expect Ukraine to make significant gains.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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