Ukrainian war, Wagner group begins the withdrawal of troops from Bakhmut

The group of Russian fighters Wagner began to withdraw from Bakhmut. The head and founder of the Russian private militia Yevgeny Prigozhin wrote on Telegram. “It is now 5 in the morning on May 25, we are taking our unit away from Bakhmut,” Pirgozhin says in a video posted on Telegram in which he is seen shaking hands with the fighters and waving to them.

ISW: High casualties overshadow Moscow’s success

The high number of casualties suffered in the long battle for the conquest of Bakhmut overshadowed the Russian success in the Donbass town. This is what the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) highlights in its analysis. The head of the Wagner group Yevgeny Prigozhin admitted in an interview that his group lost more than 20,000 men in the long battle for Bakhmut. Of these, half were convicts recruited from Russian prisons. According to US analysts, many Russian commentators on social media speculate that Russian losses are very high indeed. In his interview with pro-Russian blogger Konstantin Dolgov, Prigozhin also said that the Russian military leadership has so far not achieved the main goals of the war in Ukraine. And he accused Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Army Chief of Staff General Valery Gerasimov of blocking support and supplies to his mercenaries.