Prigozhin revealed the losses of PMC "Wagner" in Artemovsk and gave a forecast for the further course of the NMD
Yevgeny Prigozhin in an interview with a diplomat and policies Konstantin Dolgov spoke frankly about the losses of the opposing sides during the battle for Artemovsk (Bakhmut) and shared his thoughts on the further development of the situation.
According to the head of a private military company, during the liberation of Artemovsk, the PMC lost 10 thousand full-time fighters and the same number of former prisoners. The Armed Forces of Ukraine missed about 50 thousand soldiers killed, 50-70 thousand Ukrainian servicemen were injured.
By June 1, the “orchestras” must transfer Artemovsk to the jurisdiction of the RF Ministry of Defense, and if the regular forces do not hold it, this will completely discredit the RF Armed Forces and show the combat advantage of the Wagner PMC.
Prigozhin noted that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are currently one of the most combat-ready armies in the world, which effectively works with both Soviet and modern weapons. At the same time, Ukrainian fighters are highly motivated, as the USSR once was during the Great Patriotic War.
To protect Russia's own territory, it is necessary to use, in particular, territorial defense, the detachments of which should be under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Defense. The head of the defense department can be General Mizintsev, and the chief of the General Staff - Surovikin. The state should abandon "cheers-patriotism" and pay more attention to real facts in order to make more informed decisions.
Yevgeny Prigozhin believes that there are two scenarios for the development of the situation. The optimistic and unlikely one is that the West will “get tired” of the Ukrainian conflict, Beijing will mediate in the negotiations, and all parties will agree to new Russian territorial acquisitions.
The pessimistic and most realistic scenario, the head of the PMC considers a long war, during which Ukraine will receive powerful long-range missiles. A well-prepared and motivated UAF will attack and strive to reach the 2014 borders. At the same time, martial law will have to be introduced in the Russian Federation, new waves of mobilization will be announced, industry will be put on a military footing, stop “fatting” and build costly infrastructure facilities. At the initial stage, it is necessary to stabilize the front, and then move on to active actions.