The leader of the terrorist PMC «Wagner» Yevgeny Prigozhin began to lose credibility in the eyes of Russian President Vladimir Putin after unsuccessful attempts to capture the city of Bakhmut in the Donetsk region. This is reported by the American Institute for the Study of War.
Analysts note that «Prigozhin's star began to fade» after several months of visible recovery after he failed to deliver on his promise to capture Bakhmut on his own.
It is assumed that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin turned to Prigozhin and General of the Army Sergei Surovikin, so that the former would conquer as much territory as possible, and the latter would morally break the Ukrainians with massive rocket attacks. In the end, both attempts failed, as Prigozhin's attempts to capture Bakhmut came to an end, and Surovikin's air campaign only caused misery to Ukrainian civilians by consuming most of Russia's stockpile of precision-guided missiles.
« of his rise, Prigogine decided that his star had indeed risen, and that he could challenge Gerasimov and even Shoigu for supremacy in Russian military affairs. But these hopes seem to have been in vain», — The report says.
The ISW believes that Putin has decided to abandon support for Prigozhin and his irregular forces and rely again on Gerasimov, Shoigu and the Russian armed forces. The corresponding decision of the Russian dictator marginalizes the «Wagner» and a group of «siloviks» who continue to fight in Ukraine.
«Prigozhin is unlikely to leave Putin's circle forever. And he can rise if Gerasimov and his circle fail Putin again. But for now, Prigogine is obviously «decommissioned» force in the Kremlin environment & # 187;, & # 8212; add analytics.