Ukrainian Officials Downplay Wagner's Return To Bakhmut
Ukraine Commanders Confident They Will Beat Back PMC Group
Despite negotiations between the group and Russian officials to expand its presence under independent control, Ukrainian commanders assert that they will prevent Wagner forces from reinforcing Russian troops.
This article delves into the current situation and sheds light on Ukrainian efforts to disrupt logistical routes and cut off supplies to the Wagner Group.
Wagner's Past Influence in Ukraine
During their peak involvement in Ukraine, the Wagner PMC had approximately 36,000 troops, including many recruited convicts, who played a significant role in Russian operations near Bakhmut.
However, Ukrainian military spokesperson Serhiy Cherevatyi has stated that the recent return of Wagner fighters, estimated to be in the low hundreds, has had no significant impact. These scattered fighters, not part of a unified force, are considered "pathetic remnants" that do not pose a threat to Ukrainian forces.
Ukrainian Measures To Counter Wagner Forces
To ensure that the Wagner Group does not reinforce Russian troops, Ukrainian unit commander Denys Yaroslavsky has emphasized the disruption of logistical routes and the cutting off of supplies to the Wagner Group in the city of Bakhmut.
Yaroslavsky has assured that there will be no mass replacement or rotation of fresh troops into the Bakhmut area. While Wagner fighters possess local terrain knowledge, Ukrainian commanders aim to minimize their influence on other units.
Ukraine’s Dismissal of Wagner's Potential
Despite negotiations between the Wagner Group and Russian officials to increase its presence in Ukraine, Ukrainian officials remain steadfast in their assertion that Wagner forces will not be allowed to strengthen Russian troops.
Ukrainian military spokesperson Cherevatyi has categorically stated that the scattered Wagner fighters have no significant impact and are not an organized or integral force. Ukrainian commanders confidently declare that "game over" for Wagner, suggesting that nothing awaits them in Ukraine.
Wagner “Scattered” Says Ukraine
Ukrainian officials maintain that they are not concerned about the recent return of Wagner PMC troops near Bakhmut. They are confident in their ability to disrupt logistical routes and prevent the reinforcement of Russian troops by the Wagner Group.
Ukrainian commanders emphasize that the scattered Wagner fighters have no significant impact and are considered remnants of a once formidable force. As negotiations continue between Wagner and Russian officials, the future of Wagner's presence in Ukraine remains uncertain.