Wagner Group founder Yevgeny Prigozhin has released a video message to Russia’s top military brass, speaking in a field filled with the corpses of the PMC’s mercenaries. In the video, Prigozhin claims that the PMC’s ammunition shortage has reached 70%, and goes on an expletive-laden tirade directed at Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and General Staff head Valery Gerasimov.
“F*ggots! We have a shortage of ammunition, 70%. Shoigu, Gerasimov, where the f*ck is the ammo? [...] You're sitting in expensive clubs. Your kids are getting off on life, making YouTube videos. You think you are the masters of this life and that you have the right to rule over their lives [points to dead mercenaries – The Insider]. You think if you have shell warehouses, you’re entitled to them. The calculations are simple: if you give [us] the required norm of ammunition, there’ll be five times fewer of them [the dead]. They came here as volunteers and are dying for you to continue being f*cking fat-bellied warriors behind redwood desks. Keep that in mind.”
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In December 2022, alleged Wagner PMC mercenaries published an appeal to Valery Gerasimov, demanding the Russian Defense Ministry supply them with shells and claiming that they were experiencing great difficulties near Bakhmut due to the lack of weapons:
“To the Chief of the General Staff: you're a f***ot and a f*cking *sshole. We have nothing to fight with, we have no shells. There are guys out there dying for us, and we're sitting here not f*cking helping. We need shells, we want to f*ck everybody up. We're fighting against the entire Ukrainian army here at Bakhmut. Where are you? Help us, dammit. There's nothing else to f*cking call you. Except one word – f*ggot. When guys are dying, where are you all?” – say the men in the video.
Recidivist criminal Yevgeny Prigozhin has been tried for theft, robbery, fraud, and involving a minor in criminal activity. The Wagner PMC founder received his first criminal conviction in 1979, aged just 18, and got a suspended two-and-a-half year sentence for theft. Two years later, Prigozhin was sentenced to 13 years in jail for robbery and theft, nine of which he served behind bars. According to one of the criminal cases, Prigozhin and his accomplices attacked a woman, strangled her and, when she lost consciousness, took off her earrings and boots.
In 2022, Vladimir Putin awarded Prigozhin the title of “Hero of Russia.”