PMC Wagner asks not to identify itself with "certain russian forces", because the russian armed forces do not take part in the assault on Bakhmut. This is said in the message of the GRAY ZONE Telegram channel, close to owner of the Wagner illegal armed formation Yevgeny Prigozhin.
"The information and statements about the capture of Bakhmut into the operational encirclement by some "russian forces" do not correspond to reality. The Wagner Group is fighting for the city, and in the event that this happens in reality, you will be the first to hear the news about it from them!" - the PMC boasted.
Earlier, certain "adviser to the acting head of the DNR" Igor Kimakovsky stated that russian forces had taken Artemivsk (Bakhmut) into an operational encirclement.