The head of the Russian Wagner paramilitary group, Yevgeni Prigozhin, in the midst of a noisy clash with the Kremlin military, allegedly offered the Ukrainian authorities reveal the location of the Russian troops at the front, according to leaked US intelligence documents collected by the American newspaper The Washington Post.
Prigozhin, close to President Vladimir Putin, has been at the center of a public dispute with the Russian government over the offensive around the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, going so far as to threaten the withdrawal of his mercenaries if the authorities they gave him no ammunition enough to sustain operations.
The documents, leaked through the Discord platform, show that Prigozhin he would have made the offer in late Januaryamid heavy losses in the ranks of the Wagner group.
Therefore, he contacted the Ukrainian Military Intelligence (HUR) to advise that, if Kiev withdraws its forces from Bakhmutit would give you information about the location of Russian troops, without further details.
Official Ukrainian sources contacted by the Washington Post indicated that the head of the Wagner group he spoke to military intelligence on multiple occasions of the country and also one of these sources stressed that Prigozhin made the offer on Bakhmut on more than one occasion, even though kyiv rejected it because they didn’t trust him.
In this sense, US sources quoted by the newspaper have acknowledged it Washington has similar doubts about Prigozhin’s intentions, while the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, refused during a recent interview by this means to confirm whether there was any contact with Prigozhin, key player in the invasion of the country, launched on February 24, 2022 by order of Putin.
According to the Washington Post, another of the documents indicates that Prigozhin had contacts with Ukrainian intelligence that went beyond phone calls and including face-to-face meetings with Ukrainian officers in a country in Africa.
The Wagner group has deployed mercenaries in various countries on the continent.
The documents suggest that Prigozhin allegedly transferred the Ukrainian secret service Russia’s problems with the supply of ammunition and recommended that Kiev launch an offensive on the border with the Crimea peninsula, annexed by Moscow in 2014.
On the other hand, other leaked documents reveal private discussions between Russian Defense Ministry officials how to respond to Prigozhin’s criticism about the situation at the front and their requests for the provision of more resources.
They also reveal that he recognized it himself They weren’t unfounded complaints. in the context of an apparent power struggle between him and the defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, This was reported by the Europa Press news agency.
“It looks like another hoax,” Russian presidency spokesman Dmitri Peskov said of the story in US media on Monday.
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