Putin's "cook" questions whether there are really Nazis in Ukraine, as the Kremlin constantly claims
The founder of the Wagner PMC, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has denied the Kremlin's claims that Russia is at war with NATO and questioned the existence of "Nazis" in Ukraine, which Moscow constantly talks about. This was reported by analysts at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
According to their report, the terrorist Prigozhin noted that Russia is fighting exclusively with Ukrainians who are equipped with NATO-provided equipment, as well as with some "Russophobic mercenaries who voluntarily support Ukraine," but not with NATO itself.
Wagner's financier also emphasized that Russian officials most likely knew that NATO would offer Ukraine assistance: "It's ridiculous to think that when Russia decided to start a war, it didn't take into account NATO's assistance to Ukraine."
"The founder of the Wagner PMC also said that he was not sure about the goals of "denazification" in Ukraine, as he did not know whether there were "Nazis" in Ukraine," the analysts note.
As explained, Prigozhin's remarks effectively rejected the Kremlin's pre-war and post-war statements that Russia needed to defend itself against the NATO threat in Ukraine and undermined the necessity and likelihood of Russian dictator Putin's stated maximalist goals for his invasion.
Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 24/03/2023