At the end of January, the head of the Wagner group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, allegedly offered Ukraine information on the position of Russian troops so that it could strike them, in exchange for the withdrawal of Kiev soldiers from the area around Bakhmut. The Washington Post writes it exclusively, citing US intelligence sources. Prigozhin allegedly brought his proposal through his contacts in military intelligence in Kiev.
According to the newspaper, Ukraine has rejected the offer
The Pentagon documents do not specify which Russian positions Wagner’s leader would have wanted to reveal. Two Ukrainian officials, on condition of anonymity, confirmed to the Washington Post that Prigozhin has repeatedly forwarded proposals to the Ukrainian intelligence directorate, known as Hur. The American newspaper claims that Ukraine rejected the offer because it feared a trap. One official in particular said that Kiev officials do not trust Wagner’s leader.
The documents show that Prigozhin has repeatedly contested the line adopted by the military and political leadership of Moscow with respect to the war. There is also talk of a power struggle between Prigozhin and senior officials, including Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. As a result of these tense reports, Prigohzin allegedly initiated covert ties with Ukrainian intelligence. According to the document, Prigozhin told a Ukrainian intelligence officer that the Russian military was running out of ammunition supplies and then advised Kiev’s forces to go ahead with an assault on the Crimean border.