Video Reportedly Shows Wagner Mercenaries Criticizing Chief Of Russian General Staff: A video that emerged online in recent days allegedly shows two Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group criticizing the Chief of Russian General Staff and complaining about a lack of ammunition.
In the video, the two soldiers stand with their faces covered and wearing full military gear, telling the camera that they don’t have the ammunition required to continue fighting.
“To the chief of the General Staff. You are a f*ggot and a f*cking jerk,” one mercenary says.
“Get something to fight. We have no shells. The boys are dying for us. And we sit here and do not help. We need shells, we want to smash everyone. We are fighting under the Bakhmut against the entire Ukrainian army. Where are you? Help us finally.”
The second soldier then chimes in to say, “there is nothing more to call you except for one word – f*ggot.”
“Where are you when the boys die?” he continues.
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Russians Attempting to Advance in Bakhmut Direction
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced on Monday evening that Russian troops are attempting to advance in the Bakhmut and Lyman directions while holding their defense in Kherson and Novopavlivka directions.
In the update, the General Staff noted how Russian forces conducted 19 MLRS attacks against Ukrainian positions, with the threat of enemy air strikes remaining high.
“The occupiers are still focusing their efforts on conducting offensive operations in the Bakhmut and Lyman directions, and are attempting to improve their tactical position in the Kupiansk, Avdiivka, and Zaporizhzhia directions. In the Novopavlivka and Kherson directions, the enemy is holding the defense,” the update reads.
For Russian forces to successfully advance, however, ammunition shortages must first be addressed – and according to British military intelligence, the problem is not likely to be solved soon.
According to the British Ministry of Defence, ammunition shortages remain the “most important limiting factor for Russian offensive operations” despite the recent alleviation of personnel shortages.
In a December 24 update, the Ministry of Defence described how Russia has likely begun limiting its long-range missile strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure to just once a week, owing to the limited supply of cruise missiles.
“Similarly, Russia is unlikely to have increased its stockpile of artillery munitions enough to enable large-scale offensive operations,” the update continued.
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