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    Wagner Owner Blasts ‘Treason’ of Russian Military Chiefs

    Wagner Owner Blasts ‘Treason' of Russian Military Chiefs

    The owner of the Russian private company, Wagner, accused Russia's defense minister and chief of general staff on Tuesday of starving his fighters in Ukraine of ammunition, which he charged amounts to an attempt to “destroy” the .

    Yevgeny Prigozhin, a millionaire with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an emotional audio statement released through his spokespeople decried “direct resistance” from the Russian military, “which is nothing other than an attempt to destroy Wagner.”

    Prigozhin said in a raised voice that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov are handing out orders “left and right” not to supply Wagner with ammunition and not to support it with transport. The company has been actively involved in heavy fighting in the east of Ukraine.

    This “can be likened to high treason in the very moment when Wagner is fighting for Bakhmut, losing hundreds of its fighters every day,” Prigozhin said in a raised voice.

    Prigozhin's claims could not be independently verified, and there was no immediate comment from the Russian military.

    The millionaire and his fighters have been alleging for weeks that the Russian military doesn't provide them with enough ammunition, as Wagner's push to take over Bakhmut, a key in Ukraine's partially occupied eastern Donetsk region, stalled and turned into a grinding battle.


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