The head of the GUR: Surovikin and Prigozhin teamed up against Shoigu

GUR head: Surovikin and Prigozhin united against Shoigu

The commander of Russian troops in Ukraine, Sergei Surovikin, joined the head of PIK & # 171; Wagner & # 187; Yevgeny Prigozhin in competition with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Kirill Budanov, head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, spoke about this in an interview with the NYT.

According to him, the union of Prigozhin and Surovikin led to the transfer of heavy weapons from the army to «Wagner», which expanded the role of the organization in the war.

Budanov also noted that now the mercenaries are trying with might and main to capture the city of Bakhmut in order to push into the background the competing commanders of the regular Russian army. «Wagner» coordinates its actions with the army, but is the main force on the Bakhmut front.

Budanov believes that the political ambitions of the leader of the Russian mercenaries partially dictate the strategy of the Russian side. Speaking about the assault on Bakhmut, the head of the GUR explained that there are only ideological and media issues in the actions of the mercenaries.

«That is why the detachments of «Wagner» so fanatically trying to capture this city. They need to be shown that they are strong, and they can do what the Russian army could not. We clearly see and understand this,” Budanov said, adding that Bakhmut is not considered strategically important, but by taking him, the Russians will improve their positions for a further offensive in the Donbass.

    < li>British intelligence spoke about the tactics of the «Wagnerites» under Bakhmut.

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