"The Armed Forces of Ukraine (Ukraine) want to surround the fighters of the private Russian army "Wagner" near the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut," said the head of the military company Yevgeny Prigozhin, Ukrainian media UNIAN wrote.

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The owner of the company sent an official letter to the Minister of Defense in Moscow, Sergei Shoigu.

Prigozhin claims that his fighters control 70% of the territory of the settlement.

"At the same time, at the end of March - beginning of April, the Ukrainian Armed Forces are preparing a massive counter-offensive in the Bakhmut region. Its goal is the encirclement and physical destruction of the "Wagner" units. Such a development of events would have a very negative effect on the course of the Special Military Operation (as Moscow calls its aggression against Ukraine)," the businessman said.

Kiev believes that the town of Avdeevka in eastern Ukraine could become a "second Bakhmut"

Prigozhin also indicated: In connection with the above, I ask you to take all necessary measures.

The media noted that Prigozhin had been harshly criticizing the Russian Ministry of War for the past few months.

"According to the entrepreneur, Shoigu and his subordinates did not cope well with the military actions, and "Wagner" carried the entire burden on their shoulders," UNIAN wrote.

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