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Run for Elections in Ukraine: Head of Russian Wagner Group


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Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who leads the Wagner mercenary group, said he plans to run for president in the 2024 elections.

“I am making a political advertisement. Looking at everything around me, I have political ambitions. So I decided to run for president in 2024. For the position of President of Ukraine,” Prigozhin said in a video posted on Telegram.

Prigozhin said he expects to compete for the position with former President Petro Poroshenko and current President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“If you win the presidential elections in Ukraine, then, guys, everything will be fine, and the shells will not be needed,” he said.

When asked why he was complaining about the poor supply of ammunition from the Russian defense industry and not buying it himself, Prigozhin said that if he bought everything with his own money, it would be “a state administration, not a corporation.”

According to him, the Wagner Group needs about 10,000 tons of ammunition, worth about $1 billion, per month.

Of human casualties, Prigozhin said, “Combatants die in war anyway; war is so invented that one army kills another.”

He refuted allegations that he was a collaborator with the Ukrainian authorities and “for the sake of money and the lifting of sanctions” he would leave the battle zone “at the right time”.

“I’m not going anywhere. The question is – who took the money when we ‘made a gesture of goodwill’ and surrendered Kherson, the Kharkiv region and many other (territories)?” he wondered, hinting at the commanders of the Russian army.

In a separate statement, Prigozhin announced that Wagner recruitment centers have been opened in 42 Russian cities.

“There are new fighters coming there who will cooperate with us to defend their country and their families. In order to make our common future and protect the memory of the past. We will move forward despite the massive resistance of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Despite the sticks stuck in our wheels at every step,” Prigozhin said. We will overcome this together.”

Prigozhin is at odds with the leaders of the Russian army, including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov.

The head of the Wagner Group publicly questioned several times the competence of the Russian Ministry of Defense and its top officials, expressing doubts about the ministry’s “jealousy” for Wagner’s “successes”, and in connection with this – about deliberately causing obstacles for the group. , including cutting off the supply of ammunition.

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