The Russian Ministry of Defense said today, Monday, that it had signed a contract with the Chechen special forces group known as the “Ahmed Battalion”, a day after Yevgeny Prigogine refused The founder of the Russian private military group Wagner sign a similar contract.
The signing follows an order stating that all members of the so-called “volunteer units” must sign contracts by July 1 to bring them under the control of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, at a time when Moscow is trying to tighten its grip on the private armies it is fighting with in Ukraine.
Prigozhin among Wagner fighters in Bakhmut (archive)
In return, the volunteer fighters will receive all the benefits and guarantees that regular forces receive, including support for them and their families if they are injured or killed.
Prigogine enters Constantly in disagreements with the Russian Ministry of Defense He accused her of not providing sufficient ammunition supplies to his military group in Ukraine. On Sunday, he said he would refuse to sign any contract with the ministry.
He added that Shoigu “cannot manage military formations well.”
Today, Monday, the Ministry of Defense signed a contract With the Ahmed Brigade. A paramilitary that is described as the private army of Chechnya’s district commander Ramzan Kadyrov.
A meeting between Kadyrov and Putin in Moscow last March
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