Russian mercenary boss slams army 'clowns' as he marks birthday at training camp
Russia's most powerful mercenary, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said his Wagner group would fight on in Ukraine if his men got a separate section of the front without having to depend on "clowns" who ran swathes of the Russian armed forces.
Celebrating his 62nd birthday on Thursday at a training camp, Prigozhin also confirmed that his men would finally leave the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut on June 5 after handing it to the Russian army. The Wagner mercenaries captured the devastated city in late May after months of grinding warfare.
He then engaged in a detailed description of the prosthetic legs which his wounded men have received, including those who continued to fight.
Prigozhin said his men wanted to rest at camps in Russian-controlled Ukraine for around a month and then things would become clearer.