Each and every week of this year-long Russian invasion of Ukraine that’s passed has brought some new embarrassment to the Kremlin.
Vladimir Putin’s invasion was only supposed to take somewhere between 13 and 72 hours if the Kremlin was to be believed, and now, 56-ish weeks later, Russia has done little but humiliate themselves and keep hold of Crimea…for now.
The latest example of this routine routing of the Russian military complex comes to us from the formerly notorious “Wagner Group”, who this week found themselves busy trying to grovel to Putin for more ammunition.
The outspoken founder of the Wagner Group of mercenaries complained that Vladimir Putin has cut off all contact with him following his constant demands for more ammunition for his fighters in Ukraine.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, a catering mogul and Putin’s long-time ally, said in a message on his Telegram channel Thursday that he has been unable to get through to anyone at the Kremlin.
The apparent silent treatment came after Prigozhin publicly called on the Russian Ministry of Defense to supply ammunition to his mercenaries fighting to capture the key city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine, which has seen some of the bloodiest battles since the start of the invasion.
The Kremlin appears to be ghosting the group.
“In order to stop me from asking for ammunition, they turned off all special [government] phone lines in all of the offices and [Wagner] units … and blocked all [my] passes to the agencies responsible for making decisions,” Prigozhin moaned.
The Wagner Group has long held a reputation for barbarism and brutality, but Putin’s neutering of the organization could lead to a global rethinking of that idea.
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