Spy chief Budanov says conflict between Shoigu and Prigozhin plays into Ukraine's hands

23 February, 02:51 PM
Kyrylo Budanov (Photo:Jessica Koscielniak / USA TODAY via Reuters)

Kyrylo Budanov (Photo:Jessica Koscielniak / USA TODAY via Reuters)

The conflict between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Wagner mercenary company founder Yevgeny Prigozhin plays into Kyiv's hands, Kyrylo Budanov, head of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence, has said. 

"The more quarrels and serious conflicts there are within their system, the faster our victory will come," Budanov said in an interview with news outlet Ukrainska Pravda published on YouTube on Feb. 22.

Budanov added that he was "ready to help both of them at the same time" to destroy each other.

Earlier, “Putin’s chef” Prigozhin claimed that Wagner is experiencing a "complete shell hunger" as a result of Russian military officials ignoring his needs and imposing new restrictions and bans on the purchase of ammunition.

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The Russian Defense Ministry has also deprived Prigozhin of the opportunity to recruit prisoners and train at certain training grounds belonging to the Russian armed forces.

Reacting to his statements, the Russian Defense Ministry said that "attempts to create a split play only in favor of the enemy" and all requests for ammunition for assault units "are fulfilled as soon as possible."

The U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War believes that the Russian military command has probably blocked Prigozhin's independent access to artillery rounds and heavy weapons.

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