Prigozhin announces his Wagner fighters are continuing withdrawal from Bakhmut

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The head of the Russian Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said that his fighters are continuing to withdraw from the eastern part of Bakhmut, which they control.

Prigozhin stated in a video posted on Thursday on Telegram that all front sites will be handed over to regular soldiers in the Russian army by June 5.

Prigozhin said his forces would withdraw from the front line but would remain stationed in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine.

The commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, Oleksandr Sersky, said that his army had stopped fighting on the flanks of Bakhmut.

“The leadership of our group is taking appropriate measures to restore the combat capability of our units and thwart the enemy’s intentions,” the Ukrainska Pravda newspaper quoted Sersky as saying.

In the past few weeks, during the fierce fighting for control of Bakhmut, an intense struggle for power within the Russian military leadership has surfaced.

Prigozhin has repeatedly accused the Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu of not supplying his fighters with enough ammunition.

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