Yevgeny Prigozhin the Wagner mercenary group founder has warned Vladimir Putin that because they are being deprived of ammunition the “whole front will collapse” if they are forced to “retreat from Bakhumt.”
Reuters reported that Prigozhin warner the “situation will not be sweet for all military formations protecting Russian interests.”
On Friday the Wagner founder said that they have now “practically surrounded Bakhmut,” but then on Sunday they are running out of ammunition.
Prigozhin wrote on Telegram, “For now, we are trying to figure out the reason: is it just ordinary bureaucracy or a betrayal.”
He added, “If we retreat, then we will go down in history forever as people who have taken the main step towards losing the war.
“This is exactly the problem with ammunition hunger.”
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Due to the ammunition shortage Russian reservists are fighting with “shovels” which measure 50cm in length and the MPL 50 has been used since the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union for close quarter combat or hand to hand to fighting.
The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that Russian reservists have been armed with “firearms and shovels” to assault the Ukrainian “concrete strong point.”
In their intelligence update on Sunday the MoD said one Russian reservist had described being “neither physically nor psychologically prepared for the action” in Ukraine.
The MoD added that close fighting is increasing on the frontline, which could be as a result that Russia is running low on munitions.
The MoD added, “Recent evidence suggests an increase in close combat in Ukraine.
“This is probably a result of the Russian command continuing to insist on offensive action largely consisting of dismounted infantry, with less support from artillery fire because Russia is short of munitions.”