Prigozhin pretends to be in Bakhmut, is actually in village seven kilometers away
Yevhen Prigozhin simulates his stay in Bakhmut (Photo:Центр національного спротиву)
Yevhen Prigozhin, the owner of Russian mercenary Wagner, has been caught lying about the alleged "encirclement" by his mercenaries of Bakhmut, Donetsk region, as it was spotted that he was only pretending to be in the city in a video he published on March 3.
In the video, Prigozhin says that his mercenaries allegedly encircled Bakhmut, but the National Resistance Center (CNS) confirmed the video was not filmed in Bahkmut, as his guards do not allow him to travel there.
Through an analysis of the landscape, CNS confirmed that the video was shot in the village of Paraskoviivka, which was captured by the Russians on Feb. 20, and which is about 7 kilometers from Bakhmut.
"Prigozhin's video is provocative and is a part of a disinformation campaign against Ukrainians aimed to spread panic and provoke the top military and political leadership," CNS said.
It is not the first time that Prigozhin has pretended to be at the front line while actually staying deep within the occupied area. In January, he presented a photo of himself from a cave in Volodymyrivka, pretending it was the salt mines of Soledar, while the battle was still raging in the city.
The fierce fighting for Bakhmut continues with the Ukrainian army defending a massive Russian push for the city for several months.
Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar reported new reinforcements were sent to Bakhmut on Feb. 28. She emphasized that the defense of the city was a military, not political decision.
On March 1, Ukraine’s Operational Command East spokesman Serhii Cherevatyi said the withdrawal of the Ukrainian troops from Bakhmut has not been decided.
On March 2, Cherevatyi said that the Ukrainian defenders were heroically defending the city and exhausting Russian troops in Bakhmut in order to prepare for better-equipped Ukrainian reserves to push the enemy back.
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