Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Russian Wagner mercenary force, announced via video message on Saturday that he will run for president next year — but not in Russia, as tentatively speculated, but “in Ukraine,” DPA reported. .
Leader Wagner, 61, is known for taunting opponents.
In the same video posted on his Telegram account, Prigozhin says that Wagner’s force needs 10,000 tons of ammunition per month for the battle for the city of Bahmut in eastern Ukraine. He filmed the video on the roof of a building in the largely destroyed city, about 1.2 kilometers from the administrative center held by Ukrainian troops.
Boss Wagner said that there should be no concern that anyone in Moscow might have political ambitions, so that the quantity of ammunition they requested should be supplied without reservation. Prigozhin estimated his monthly expenses at half a billion dollars, the TPA notes.
The US Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported new advances by Russian troops in the city, which has been the scene of heavy fighting for the past eight months, EFE reported.
Author: Liviu Kojan
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