The Russian paramilitary group Wagner announced its withdrawal from Bakhmout, a town in eastern Ukraine, and confirmed that its forces would hand over their positions to the regular army. This decision comes after the group claimed the capture of this strategic city.
The Russian paramilitary group Wagner, led by Yevgeny Prigojine, announced on Monday its withdrawal from Bakhmout, a symbolic city located in eastern Ukraine. This declaration comes after Wagner claimed the capture of the city and established lines of defense in its western outskirts. According to information provided by Wagner’s press service, the withdrawal will take place from May 25 to June 1, and the group’s forces will hand over their positions to the regular army.
This decision raises questions about the ability of the regular army to ensure security and effective control of Bakhmout after Wagner’s departure. The Russian paramilitary group is renowned for its active role in the conflict in Ukraine, and its withdrawal raises concerns about the possible security vacuum that could be created. The transition from control of the city to the regular army will require close coordination and concerted efforts to maintain stability in the region.
Yevgeny Prigojine, the leader of the Wagner forces, also took this opportunity to criticize the Russian military high command, ironically suggesting the creation of a regiment of generals to occupy Bakhmout. These comments underline the tensions and differences between the various Russian actors involved in the Ukrainian conflict.