Ukraine war: Wagner boss says his mercenaries handing over control of Bakhmut to regular Russian troops | World News

The head of the Wagner Group says his forces have started pulling out of Bakhmut and are handing over control to the Russian military.

It comes days after Yevgeny Prigozhin said mercenaries from his private military had captured the city in eastern Ukraine.

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The millionaire and longstanding Vladimir Putin ally said in a video published on Telegram that the handover will be completed by 1 June.

There was no immediate comment from the Russian defence ministry.

It was not possible to verify whether Wagner forces have begun to pull out of the heavily damaged city.

On Wednesday, the Ukrainian General Staff said heavy fighting was continuing inside Bakhmut after a nine-month battle, which has killed tens of thousands of people.

Ukraine’s deputy defence minister said on Thursday that Wagner units have been replaced by regular troops in the suburbs but Wagner fighters remain in the centre of…

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