According to reports, Russian forces participating in the current Ukraine War exchanged gunfire with one another as political infighting reached unprecedented heights.
In what seems to be a case of intramural politics, representatives of Russia’s Wagner paramilitary force claim that they’ve come under fire from soldiers in the regular Russian army.
In recent months, tensions between Wagner and Russia’s military and political establishment have risen, with Yevgeny Prigozhin, the head of the PMC boss, even seeming to take aim at Vladimir Putin in recent social media postings.
The organization, according to a POLITICO story, now claims that it was assaulted by a portion of the Russian military while it was stationed in Ukraine. However, as is so often the case in a conflict, it is now impossible to independently verify such assertions.
Senior members of the Wagner group assert that by mid-May, the Russian army had started mining the terrain behind the group’s positions between the towns of Opytnoye and Ozarianovka in the Bakhmut region.
Then, according to reports, Russian soldiers opened fire with small guns on Wagner troops as they attempted to remove the mines.
One service vehicle was allegedly damaged in the confrontation, but no soldiers were hurt, according to the paramilitary.
In retaliation, the group asserts that it was able to apprehend Lieutenant-Colonel Roman Gennadievich Venivitin of the 72nd brigade of the Russian army, who claims in an online video to have ordered the assault on Wagner’s soldiers while intoxicated.
Venivitin said that his personal disdain for the group was what spurred such an assault.
According to POLITICO, it looks like the individual was “roughed up by his captors.” Furthermore, it is still unknown whether the guy is who he claims to be or if he really gave the order to assault Wagner’s forces.