Yevgeny Prigozhin is the founder of Russia’s notorious private military. And the Wagner Group boss claims they have been cut off from official government channels after publicly pleading for ammunition supplies for his fighters in Ukraine.
In a message posted on his Telegram channel, Prigozhin claimed that all special government phone lines and passes to agencies responsible for decision-making had been blocked to prevent him from asking for ammunition.
Prigozhin has been engaged in a public stand-off with Russian military officials for months. He has accused them of taking credit for victories won by Wagner fighters. And says they are slowing down the advance of Wagner units in Ukraine with red tape.
He made headlines last month when he accused Russia’s top brass of committing “treason” by intentionally depriving his fighters in eastern Ukraine of ammunition supplies.
Wagner Group Boss on social media
In response, Prigozhin called on ordinary Russians to help pressure the country’s regular army into sharing ammunition with his fighters. Although he subsequently announced that ammunition shipments to Wagner had resumed, he revealed in a recent message that the situation had not seen much improvement.