Troops withdraw: Wagner’s mercenaries withdraw from Bashmut

The Russian private mercenary group Wagner has begun withdrawing from the front-line town of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine. The sites were handed over to the Russian army.

25.05.2023 | 00:21 min

According to its chief, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Russian private army, Wagner, has begun withdrawing its forces from the occupied city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine. By June 1, the city should be completely handed over to regular Russian forces to take control, Prigozhin said in a video posted on Thursday.

Wagner’s forces withdraw to their camps to rest and prepare for the upcoming sorties. After a break, they are ready for new combat missions, Prigozhin said. The Ukrainian side confirmed that the enemy is exchanging its forces around Bakhmut.

According to Prigozhin, two experienced Wagner fighters will remain in Bakhmut to support the Russian army.

They are considered the Kremlin’s secret warriors: mercenaries of the private military company “Group Wagner”.

16.08.2022 | 09:48 min

Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malgar said on Thursday that Wagner soldiers on the outskirts of Bakhmut will be replaced by regular Russian soldiers. But Prigozhin’s fighters are still in the city itself.

Malgar said the same Ukrainian armed forces now control the southwestern suburbs of Bakhmut. The enemy tried to stop the advance of the Kiev troops on the flanks with artillery fire. She added that the Russians are also withdrawing additional forces to secure their flanks.

According to Malgar, the advance of the Russian forces in various directions was repulsed and prevented. She said that the actions of the Russians were unsuccessful. In general, the east of the country remains the “epicentre” of Russian attacks. Information provided by warring parties during hostilities cannot usually be directly and independently verified.

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