According to him, Ukrainian forces will go to liberate Crimea in the same way.
The leader of the PMC “Wagner” Yevgeny Prigozhin showed in detail on the map how the Armed Forces of Ukraine will surround his mercenaries near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region, and then go to de-occupy other cities of Donbass.
Prigozhin spoke about the plans of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in a conversation with a Russian propagandist. He opened the map and showed where the Ukrainian forces were concentrated and how exactly they would surround the Wagner units.
“Ukrainians’ main task is to hold these lines (near Bakhmut – UNIAN) and, taking advantage of the fact that they hold these lines, go further, try to cut off the Wagner PMC units. The Wagner PMC units cover the APU grouping in Bakhmut, they squeeze and compress, and the task of the grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is to cover the units of the Wagner PMC at this time,” Prigozhin said.
He noted that after the encirclement of the Wagner, the Armed Forces of Ukraine would cut the line of defense of the invaders and go in several groups to liberate Donbass in several directions: Lisichansk-Seversk, Debaltseve, Luhansk. This will actually cut the “LNR” and “DNR” between themselves.
Similarly, according to Prigozhin, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be made in the Zaporozhye direction, blocking the Crimea and freeing Mariupol.
Encirclement of “Wagner”: what is known about the plans of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny stressed that the defense of Bakhmut is key to the stability of the entire front. However, the commander-in-chief did not go into details of the plans of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Recently, the most professional Ukrainian forces have been thrown into the defense of Bakhmut. As the NYT reported, Russian troops approached the encirclement of the city, and some Ukrainian units withdrew from there. However, the new assault forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine went on a counteroffensive and pushed back the invaders.
Wagner PMC leader Yevgeny Prigozhin complained to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu that the Armed Forces of Ukraine were preparing to surround units of his mercenaries around Bakhmut.