Conflict is brewing among Russia’s top military leaders as Moscow continues to suffer immense losses in the war in Ukraine, according to a report.
The Ukrainian army’s successes have led Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the infamous Wagner mercenary group and known as “Putin’s chef,” to blame the failures on Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of General Staff of Russia’s Armed Forces Valery Vasilyevich Gerasimov.
In turn, both Shoigu and Gerasimov blame President Vladimir Putin for the failures, the National Resistance Center reported, citing “available information.”
“The available information says that contradictions are growing among the top military leadership of the Russian Federation,” the report read. “Prigozhin blames the failures of Shoigu and Gerasimov, and they, in turn, blame Putin. Prigozhin continues to insist that Shoigu must be held responsible.”
At the same time, the National Resistance Center noted that Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is “forming their business network in temporarily occupied territories” to gain more power.
The report comes nearly two weeks after Prigozhin allegedly confronted Putin over the “mismanagement” of the war and the Russian army’s reliance on Wagner mercenaries despite failing to give them sufficient money and resources.
As per reports, Russia continues to suffer massive losses amid the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s counteroffensive operations. Since the invasion of Ukraine began in February, the Russian army has lost 76,460 military personnel, including 530 in the previous day. In addition to losses among personnel, the Russian army has also lost 2,771 tanks, 5,630 combat armored vehicles, 1,782 artillery systems, 1,472 UAVs and 4,199 fuel tanks, as per estimates from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.
In September, Ukraine had retaken more than 8,000 sq km (3,088 sq miles) of territory from Russian control. Earlier this month, the Russian army also appeared to withdraw from the city of Kherson, with the Russian-installed deputy Kirill Stremousov claiming Moscow’s troops would regroup on the eastern bank of the Dnipro river.
The city of Kherson is a strategic point that serves as a gateway to the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia illegally annexed in 2014.