Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu sent his private military company «Patriot» fight in the Donetsk region. Serhiy Cherevaty, speaker of the Eastern Group of Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, announced this on the air of the national telethon.
According to him, against the backdrop of an unsuccessful campaign in the direction of Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Vuhledar, as well as in the Luhansk region, the Russians are trying to break through and to achieve at least some result, throwing all his strength into battle.
Cherevaty noted that militants of the private army «Patriot», which is affiliated with Shoigu, appeared in the Stepnoy region near Vugledar. It was created in opposition to the terrorist organization PMC «Wagner» Kremlin-controlled oligarch Yevgeny Prigozhin.
«PMC «Wagner» and PMC «Patriot « are competing structures. «Wagner» in Bakhmut, near Ugledar — «Patriot». There is no direct interaction between them, these are autonomous structures», Cherevaty explained.