Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner Group, said Ukrainian forces are aggressively resisting Russia’s effort to take Bakhmut and have committed massive additional reserves to the war.
“The Ukrainian army is throwing extra reserves into Artyomovsk and trying to hold the town with all their strength,” Prigozhin said in a short audio message released by his press service.
“Tens of thousands of Ukrainian army fighters are putting up furious resistance. The bloodiness of the battles is growing by the day.”
Commanders in Ukraine have just issued a warning that the situation there is becoming worse as Russia intensifies its airstrikes.
For months, Wagner forces have been leading the offensive in eastern Ukraine, with Moscow seeing Bakhmut as a useful springboard for capturing larger cities like Kramatorsk and Sloviansk.