Atlanta, USA (CNN) – The Russian private military group Wagner claimed, on Friday, that it had taken control of a Ukrainian village near Bakhmut, coinciding with the first anniversary of the start of the Russian private military operation in Ukraine.
The head of Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said his fighters had taken full control of the Ukrainian village of Berkhivka, a suburb of the northwestern city of Bakhmut.
CNN was unable to immediately verify the claims of Prigozhin, who is known by the nickname “Putin’s chef”.
Wagner’s chief, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said on Thursday that a shipment of ammunition is now on its way to his fighters, in a message and audio recording posted on his Telegram channel on Thursday.
“Today at six in the morning (local time) it was reported that the shipment of ammunition had begun, most likely, the train had begun to move… We were told that the main papers had already been signed,” the letter read.
“I would like to thank everyone who helped us make this happen,” Prigozhin added in the letter. “Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of the lives of men defending their homeland have been saved.”