As the conflict between Prigozhin and the army gets worse, Wagner seizes the Russian commander
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
A Russian commander has been captured by Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Wagner mercenaries, further escalating the notorious leader’s conflict with the regular army.
Lt. Col. Roman Venevitin, commander of Russia’s 72nd Brigade, tells an interrogator in a video posted on Prigozhin’s social media channels that he ordered his troops to fire on a Wagner convoy while he was drunk.
In the recording, which looked like clasps of captive warriors, Venevitin said he acted on account of his “own abhorrence” for Wagner and afterward apologized.
Prigozhin said this past week that his men were retreating from the eastern Ukrainian town of Bakhmut when the Russian army tried to blow them up.
Due to his catering contracts with the Kremlin, the businessman is best known as “Putin’s chef.” He also claimed that his men had discovered explosives, which he claimed were planted on purpose by officials from the defense ministry.
The footage has not yet received a response from the Russian ministry of defense.
It was informed by two close family members of Venevitin that their relative was the man in the video.
Last week, Prigozhin, who has been arguing with high-ranking military officials for months, announced that his troops had largely withdrawn from Bakhmut, which they had captured for the most part last month despite suffering a lot of casualties. The city is presently accepted to be constrained by the standard Russian powers.
The rifts in Moscow’s war machine are once more made clear by the latest incident. It additionally comes in the midst of an expansion in battling along the forefronts in the Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia areas, prompting hypothesis that Kyiv has sent off its eagerly awaited counteroffensive.
Wagner’s arrest of a senior Russian soldier, according to nationalist pro-war commentators, demonstrates Prigozhin’s growing influence within the Kremlin.
“Yevgeny Prigozhin is free to do whatever he wants because his subordinates posted a video in which they made fun of a senior officer and an entire brigade commander. He is considered as the most noteworthy rank!” Igor Strelkov, a well-known military blogger and retired Russian special operations officer, wrote on his Telegram channel.
In recent months, Prigozhin’s troops slowly took over Bakhmut, giving Moscow its first real military victory since last summer.
Prigozhin has become one of the most well-known figures since the war began, frequently using social media to launch fiery attacks on the defense ministry. However, some members of the Russian elite have been enraged by his turbulent rise.
Last week, Prigozhin got intriguing public analysis when two close partners of the Chechen chief, Ramzan Kadyrov, depicted him as a “insane blogger” who subverted Russia’s conflict exertion.