Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner Private Military Company, claims that units of the russian Ministry of Defense have retreated 570 meters from their positions in the north of Bakhmut, Donetsk oblast. His press service released a corresponding statement on May 18.
"Unfortunately, the units of the Russian Ministry of Defense have moved back 570 meters north of Bakhmut, exposing our flanks. I am addressing the Ministry of Defense personally because they do not read my letters. I have a request for you: please do not surrender the settlements to Sacco and Vanzetti", - he said.
He urged to hold these positions at any cost for at least a few more days.
It was previously reported that on May 18, the spokesperson of the Eastern Group of Defense Forces, Serhiy Cherevatyi announced that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had advanced 1,700 meters on the Bakhmut direction within a day.