According to Serhiy Cherevaty, spokesman for the Ukrainian Eastern Defense Forces, on-air during the United News telethon, the Ukrainian military largely decimated the Wagner PMC near Bakhmut.

He pointed out that Wagner’s owner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, appears to be at odds with the Russian military command based on intercepted phone calls and public requests.

Cherevaty stated that the Wagner group had been all but decimated because of the bravery and expertise of the Ukrainian forces.

He stated, “They (the Wagner PMC) have suffered serious losses, and one can say most of them were on the field of Bakhmut.Cherevaty predicts that Wagner’s disgraceful tale will soon come to an end.

The defense of Bakhmut is crucial, according to the spokesman for the Ukrainian Eastern Defense Forces, because this is where the enemy is bleeding and his best forces are being obliterated.

The protection of Bakhmut has a moral component, according to Cherevaty. The fact that the so-called “world’s second army” is unable to take the district center is a very potent statement that has a psychological impact on the Russian troops. They realize that their command is incompetent and is sending them to death in what the West refers to as “meat waves,” which is a very powerful statement.

According to the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the Wagner PMC has lost most of its effective units in the battle for Bakhmut.

According to media reports, the Wagner PMC has started recruiting former psychiatric patients to its ranks.