Mercenary Wagner PMC begs Russia for ammunition saying ‘We lose fighters every day’

Bakhmut graves - Image Dymtro Larin /

An explicit video posted on Telegram by Russia´s mercenary group Wagner PMC shows the organisation pleading for ammunition saying adding that “We lose fighters every day.”

The video, which is unlikely to go down well in the Kremlin, sees Yevgeny Prigozhin saying: “I would be arrested to get my men more shells and bullets.” The video continues showing heaps of corpses presumably of Wagner soldiers who met their demise on the battlefront.

Prigozhin has been sidelined in recent days and his activities were curtailed by the Russian military, but it would appear they are doing little to help the group in Ukraine either.

An unidentified soldier says in the video: “We are losing fighters every day. If the Kremlin gave us weapons and ammunition on time, it would only be half as much.

“Let us fight this war. Let us defend our country.”

Others add: “We are sure you have it somewhere in a warehouse. We would greatly appreciate it if you would help us by providing that ammunition. After all, we need it very much.

“Things are not moving fast enough.”

Prigozhin claims he has been knocking on every possible door to get ammunition saying: “I am also going to keep doing that until my men have everything they need.”

In a reference to the Kremlin´s strict approach to the war he added: “Even if they handcuff me for discrediting the army.”

The video follows the recent curbing of Wagner PMC´s activities following a reshuffle at the top of the military, in what appears to have been a power struggle. Prigozhin has been highly critical of the military and has been seen by some as attempting a power grab, which has led to his being pushed aside.

But it is questionable whether the military can do without him and his mercenaries, who have enjoyed some success. Speaking about attempts to take Bakhmut he says, it is solely due to bureaucracy. “Without our military bureaucracy, we would have taken Bakhmut before New Year.”

The large death toll among Wagner PMC troops is supported by evidence from the Ukrainian defence force, who counter-claim that Bakhmut is being held through the resolute defence of their troops which is the reason why they lose fighters every day.

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