Yevgeny Prigozhin, on Saturday has made his first public address from the headquarters of the Southern Military District in Rostov-on-Don, a city with a population of 1.1 million, which Wagner PMC are now fully control.
It is to be noted that, in the address, Yevgeny Prigozhin, could be seen as saying that, “We are at the HQ (Southern Military District in Rostov), 7:30 in the morning. Military objects in Rostov are under control, including the air field, planes that leave for the battle work (to Ukraine) are leaving nominally.”
🚨 Prigozhin issued his first public address from the headquarters of the Southern Military District in Rostov-on-Don, a city with a population of 1.1 million, which Wagner PMC now fully control.
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He further said that, “there are no problems. Medical planes are leaving. No problems. All that’s being done is we are taking control to ensure assault aviation does not conduct strikes on us, and instead of Ukrainians.”
“The main command of the headquarters is operating normally, there are no problems, not a single officer has been removed. So when they will tell you that Wagner PMC interfered with the work and something fell apart on the frontline, that is not the cause of the frontline falling apart. When we arrived here, we again confirmed a lot of new things. Huge parts of the territories have been lost. Number of killed soldiers is 3 to 4 times more than what is being reported in the documents on the top,” says Prigozhin.
He added that, “And what gets reported to the top is 10 times more than what is being said on the television. Total casualties are up to 1,000 people on some days. These are killed, missing, wounded, and the so-called refuseniks who refuse not because they’re cowardly, as I’ve said before, but because they have no choice, no munitions, no command. The chief of the General Staff (Gerasimov) ran away from here as soon as he found out that we are approaching the building.”