Head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov in his telegram channel said about the reasons for the conflict between him and the founder of the private military company (PMC) “Wagner” Yevgeny Prigozhin. According to the head of the republic, it all started after the businessman made several “veiled hostile and dismissive” statements about the General Staff, the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Chechen special forces ” Ahmad”.
Kadyrov noted that after some time the “degree of warmth” regarding these statements decreased, but Prigozhin again made an “ironic statement” about the Akhmatovites, saying that the Chechen fighters were not able to liberate the entire Donetsk People’s Republic, but were only able to occupy several populated areas.
“And also note that we have never and do not allow irony, sarcasm or veiled accusations against Wagner’s fighters,” the Chechnya leader added.
According to him, after another statement by the founder of the PMC, a telephone conversation took place between him and Prigozhin, during which the interlocutors agreed not to mention either Ahmad or Wagner in their statements.
“The conversation started with the need to end it. Accept. <…> We spoke like a man. Come to an agreement. <…> As the initiator of the conversation, I already wanted to tell the worried audience that the misunderstanding was settled, but … Prigozhin decided to get ahead of me and announced it first, and the Wagner commanders made a number of cynical statements the very next day. <…> This is the period…with a semicolon,” Kadyrov wrote, noting that he leaves everything on Prigozhin’s conscience.
In addition, the head of the republic expressed his belief that there are no ideal conditions for conducting combat operations with endless weapons. “That’s what war is for. Something is always missing: grenades, cartridges, shells, food, stew, water, planes, tanks, mortars, sapper shovels, socks, aspirin… at least something is missing,” Kadyrov is convinced.
He also said that now everyone should help Russian President Vladimir Putin, not be bloggers. “There is no need to recruit subscribers to your own database by reviews and buzzwords. <…> You have to work for the country and for it. After all, later, when all this ends in favor of our Fatherland, he will be ashamed of his own behavior and insulted,” he concluded.
Relocation of “Ahmad” in the DPR and exchange of claims
On May 31, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, announced the start of an offensive by Ahmad units in the DPR. According to him, the territory of the republic becomes their area of responsibility, in which they must occupy several settlements.
The founder of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, answering a question from journalists about the relocation of Ahmad, said that the Akhmatovites had the strength to occupy settlements in the republic, but they did not have the task of take control of all of its territory. The businessman also noted that he does not know in which areas Ahmad will carry out his tasks, since this information is kept secret.
The next day, June 1, Ramzan Kadyrov’s entourage criticized Prigozhin for these statements. State Duma deputy Adam Delimkhanov, Chechen parliament speaker Magomed Daudov and special forces commander Ahmad Apti Alaudinov spoke out against the head of the Wagner PMC in their telegraph channels. In particular, Delimkhanov called the businessman “a blogger who shouts trouble to the whole world” and hinted at his personal responsibility for the losses near Artemovsk (Bakhmut) (Bakhmut). The parliamentarian also invited Prigozhin to meet to settle the situation.
The head of a private military company, commenting on calls from Chechen politicians, said he saw nothing wrong with his comments about Ahmad units. “Regarding my location, everyone in this chat is familiar with my special phones, including closed ones, and have the option to contact me,” he said.
Two days later, Prigozhin announced that he had settled the conflict with Kadyrov and his entourage. According to him, “on the same day” (probably meaning June 1. – Approximately Russian media) Kadyrov called, and they agreed that they would “put the whole thing on the brakes.” According to the businessman, the leader of Chechnya acted “very wisely”.
The PMC founder also admitted that “some kind of Kremlin tower” could be behind this situation, which “suddenly decided to play dangerous games”. Prigozhin said that “in the towers of the Kremlin dangerous games have become commonplace, which they have been playing for a long time.”
According to him, the day after the conflict, Russian President Vladimir Putin was to convene a council on inter-ethnic issues in order to “understand this situation, among other things”. Prigozhin explained that he did not speak out against the “characters” who spoke to him “roughly” because any of his responses “could be interpreted as incitement to ethnic hatred”. Then he noted that “as of today, the conflict is settled for the moment”.
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