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'Wagner ready to disengage in Ukraine over disagreements with Moscow'


Prigozhin replies to Bloomberg: 'No withdrawal from Donbass'. Medvedev: 'Putin's arrest would be a declaration of war'. A Russian military satellite launched into orbit. Slovakia delivers the first MiGs. Moscow's reply: 'NATO and the EU continue to escalate' (ANSA)

The Wagner Group would be ready to disengage from the Donbass area, in Ukraine, to move its forces to Africa following the choice of Russian military leaders to cut supplies of men and ammunition.

The news was reported by Bloomberg, citing sources "familiar with the matter".

Yevgeny Prigozhin, writes Bloomberg, suffers a shortage of men and ammunition in Ukraine after he was prevented from recruiting people from prisons, his main source of soldiers.

Furthermore, Wagner Group troops have so far failed to take their main target, Bakhmut, and the militia is losing many men every day.

The choice to disengage from the war in Ukraine derives from these reasons, given the growing disagreements with the leaders of the Defense in Moscow and probably with Putin himself.

"It seems that Bloomberg knows better than us what we are going to do. As long as our country needs us, we will stay and fight in Ukraine."

The head of Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said on Telegram, denying what was written by the American agency, according to which the private Russian company is in the process of withdrawing its forces from Ukraine to move them to Africa.


The first four Mig-29 fighters donated by Slovakia to Ukraine departed today from Slovakian territory.

This was announced by the Slovak Defense Ministry.

Slovakia intends to donate a total of 13 fighters of this type to Ukraine.

"I thank all the forces involved for the fantastic professional work. Slovakia is on the right side and with this gesture, we as a country have inscribed ourselves in large letters in the history of the modern world, which speaks of timely assistance, sincere solidarity and the greatness of nation," said Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad.

Slovakia's transfer of the first batch of Mig-29 fighters to Ukraine "is yet another step which indicates that in the Ukrainian issue, NATO and EU countries are continuing the path towards


An arrest of the Russian president abroad under the mandate of the International Criminal Court (ICC) would become a casus belli

Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said, answering questions from journalists and social media users this morning, Tass reported. "Let's imagine - of course, this is a situation that will never happen, yes - but let's imagine that actually happens. An incumbent president of a nuclear power comes, for example, to Germany, and is arrested. What would that be? A declaration of war against the Russian Federation! In this case, all our means would fly to the Bundestag , to the Chancellor's office and so on".

Commenting on the words of the German Federal Minister of Justice Marco Buschmann according to which Berlin will have to implement the sentence of the International Criminal Court and arrest the Russian leader, if he were to enter German territory,

ANSA agency

Budapest, we will not arrest Putin.

Cpi, you are obliged

Hungary would not arrest Vladimir Putin if he set foot on its territory.

This was stated by Gergely Gulyás, head of cabinet of the Hungarian premier, Viktor Orban, quoted by the local media. 

The Russian Defense Ministry announced that a Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket took off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome this morning

and put a Russian military satellite 'Kosmos-2567' into orbit.

This was reported by the Interfax agency.

"The spacecraft reached the target orbit at the scheduled time and was taken under control by the ground facilities of the space forces," the Moscow ministry said.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Serghiei Lavrov said that Moscow does not expect "transparency" from Western countries in the investigation into the explosions that damaged the Nord Stream gas pipelines in September which connect Russia to Germany through the waters of the Baltic.

"I expect neither transparency in the investigation nor familiarization of the general public with their findings," Lavrov said. This morning


"Western countries led by the United States have decided to bring humanity to the brink of nuclear Armageddon," he said in response to statements by senior US officials that depleted uranium munitions are weapons that have been in use for decades and would present no high risk.

"Commenting on this kind of nonsense is really difficult. The US authorities have reached a new low with their irresponsible statements," said Antonov.ulyás, chief of cabinet of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, quoted by local media.


Russian troops spotted and killed, using APC-82 weapons, a crew of Ukrainian drone operators who were sheltering in a single-family house near Donetsk, Ivan Bigma, spokesman for the South battlegroup, told Tass "Crews of APC-82 armored personnel carriers of a motorized regiment, in the course of joint offensive operations in the settlement of Maryinka near Donetsk, detected a place where the Ukrainian military launched and operated unmanned aerial vehicles. The nationalists have used a two-story single-family dwelling as cover. The crew of the unmanned aerial vehicle operators were destroyed with standard APC armament," he added.

Ukraine, residential building in Zaporizhzhia bombed: one dead and over 30 injured

The Russian offensive at Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine is "slowing down" as the pace of operations in nearby Avdiivka increases, according to the Institute for the Study of War in its daily update on the conflict.

The Guardian reports it.

Russian operations around Bakhmut appear to be "slowing down amid Western reports that Russian forces may be attempting to launch offensives in other directions," writes the US research center.

Russian forces, he continues, are stepping up the pace of their offensive operations around Avdiivka - which is located about 55 kilometers southwest of Bakhmut - with the aim of encircling the city.

And experts at the study center don't rule out that the Russians are doing it at the expense of their operations in Bakhmut and Vugledar (about 70 kilometers southwest of Avdiivka), where the offensive appears to have stalled.

Even the British Defense Ministry, in its intelligence update yesterday, spoke of a "realistic possibility" that the Russian assault on Bakhmut is losing the limited momentum it has gained, in part as some units have been redeployed to other sectors.

Source: ansa

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