Wagner’s group returned to Ukraine. We know where he fights

Mercenaries from the Wagner Group returned to positions near Bakhmut to help the regular Russian army stop the Ukrainian counter-offensive.

This was reported by CNN, citing Ukrainian military officials. – Yes, Wagner is there too. They quickly changed commanders and came back here, one of the soldiers said. According to him, it is related to the Ukrainian counter-offensive and the breakthrough of part of the Russian defenses and the recovery of two important villages near Bakhmut: Andriyivka and Klishchiivka.

A day earlier, the pro-Russian military Telegram channel Rybar reported the return of Wagner’s first troops to Bakhmut. According to him, the mercenaries were tasked with carrying out a counterattack aimed at regaining positions previously lost to the Russians.

The basis of these forces are the Wagnerites, who emerged after the uprising of Yevgeny Prigozhin in June last year. they agreed to come under the control of the Russian Ministry of Defense in exchange for avoiding punishment.

Wagner’s group fights again at Bachmut

In the spring and summer, Prigozhin threatened to withdraw mercenaries from Bakhmut, which has been under attack since August 2022, unless he receives ammunition. On May 20, Prigozhin announced the capture of the city, and at the end of the month he left it with his mercenaries.

According to Prigozhin, about 20,000 people died in the Battle of Bakhmut. members of the Wagner group, half of whom were recruited in penal colonies. A total of 35,000 people fought in the ranks of mercenaries during the storming of the city. The capture of Bakhmut was Russia’s greatest achievement in its war with Ukraine in more than nine months.

At the end of June, Prigozhin organized a military uprising and sent a column of mercenaries to Moscow. Ultimately, the head of the Wagner team reached an agreement with the Kremlin and halted the operation, and Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that the mercenaries who “stopped at the last line” should sign contracts with the Russian Ministry of Defense or would go to Belarus.

Prigozhin died in a plane crash

On August 23, an Embraer Legacy 600 aircraft from Prigozhin’s company, flying from Moscow to St. Petersburg, crashed in Tver Oblast. On board the machine were the founder of the Wagner Group, his deputy and head of security Valery Chekalov, as well as the commander of the formation Dmitry Utkin and several mercenaries. All passengers and three crew members (10 people in total) were killed.

On August 27, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation completed DNA testing of the disaster victims. A commission spokesman said all bodies, including Prigozhin’s, had been identified.

Russian prosecutors are still explaining the causes of the crash, but there are mainly two hypotheses: the plane was shot down by the S-300 anti-aircraft system and the explosion of a bomb on board.

In his first public comments on the disaster, Putin expressed his condolences to all the families of the victims. He called Prigozhin a “man with a difficult fate” who made serious mistakes in his life but was a “talented businessman.”

Prigozhin was buried peacefully in a cemetery in St. Petersburg on August 29.

Source: Do Rzeczy