Russia and Ukraine: The Battle of Solidar exposes a rift between the Wagner Group and the Russian military

The Bakhmut battles are among the fiercest since the beginning of the war

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The Bakhmut battles are among the fiercest since the beginning of the war

The Russian Ministry of Defense said that its forces are still participating in the battles of Solidar, the town to the north of Bakhmut, in the east of the country, where the battles are concentrated.

The ministry’s statement came after a statement by the head of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, in which he said that his units “took control of all of Solidar’s territory,” stressing that no other military units participated in the fighting.

According to BBC News Moscow correspondent Will Vernon, Prigozhin could use any victory to improve Wagner’s combative reputation in the eyes of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Ministry of Defense’s statements came as if they contradicted the group’s statements, as the Ministry’s spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, said in the Daily Military Brief: “Soledar is still besieged from the north and south by units of the Russian airborne forces. The Russian Air Force is carrying out raids on enemy strongholds. The forces are participating.” Attacking in city battles.

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