Wagner militia chief Yevgeny Prigozhin claims victory over Russia's military brass after revelatory fight

Yevgeniy Prigozhin
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As Russia marks the first anniversary of its invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving speeches highlighting Russian unity it its war effort — and Wagner paramilitary chief Yevgeniy Prigozhin has been underscoring the evident divisions.

On Monday, Prigozhin — Wagner's financier and public face, previously known best as "Putin's chef" — obliquely blamed Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Ukraine war commander Gen. Valery Gerasimov for stonewalling his requests for ammunition. He dialed up the attack on Tuesday, explicitly accusing Shoigu and Gerasimov of "handing out commands right and left, that the Wagner PMC should not receive ammunition," which "can be equated to high treason now when Wagner PMC are fighting for Bakhmut, losing hundreds of their fighters every day."

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