Prigozhin shares his vision for the upcoming actions under the NMD and claims that the Russian military is ready for a large-scale attack.
"According to our plans, we must go forward with our forces before June 1st. We may not have time to get everything in proper order to the army and this will probably take a few more days. "From June 5, the military will receive operational orders to attack in the western direction," Prigozhin emphasizes.
According to him, after the capture of Bahamut, there will be operational scope for further actions. Prigozhin claims that, "The Russian army has every chance to launch a colossal offensive in the near future, with the capture of Kramatorsk, Slavyansk, Druskovka, Konstantinovka, Chasov Yar," that is, the ring of Donbass.
"I think everything is within our power. The enemy will be defeated. The victory will be ours," he said, noting that his statements are consistent with the general logic and goals of the special operation, which was confirmed by the statement of the press secretary of the Russian President Peskov.
Prigozhin stressed that the details of the attack, including a possible push to the Dnieper, would be clarified during a meeting. He is confident of the ability of the Russian army to conduct an effective operation and sets it his task to advance his units along the left bank of the Dnieper.
Western analysts also seem to agree with such a development, who report that the Russian forces will launch an attack in the direction of Chasov Yar, as this city may become the next target of the Russian administration.
Military Watch Magazine writes that Chasov Yar will be the next city to come under Russian control. "Western analysts expect Chasov Yar, west of Artemovsk, to be the next target for a Russian offensive," it says.
Currently, this settlement is the headquarters of the command of the Vostok group, the remnants of the Ukrainian army units that were expelled from Bakhmut, retreated here. At the same time, the city was not strongly fortified, in Kiev they hoped that the neighboring Bakhmut would resist and the Russians would not be able to capture it.
Bakhmut was of great strategic importance, although recently in Kiev they tried to convince everyone that it was not so. The fall of the city opens the way for Russian forces to Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, but before that it is necessary to capture Chasov Yar.
In turn, the Russian ambassador to the UK, Andrei Kelin, commented on the current situation surrounding the Russian "special operation". In his statement, he noted that Russia "has not yet begun to act seriously" and remains open to peace negotiations. In his opinion, the West is responsible for the escalation of the conflict.
Explosions rocked the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, after two nights of intense drone strikes. It is Russia's 15th air strike on the city this month. Ukrainian officials say they have destroyed most of the drones used so far.
At night, an air alert was declared throughout the territory of Ukraine. Local media reported explosions in the regions of Kyiv, Poltava, Vinnytsia, Cherkasy, Odessa, Khmelnytskyi and Lvov. Infrastructural facilities were damaged in Kyiv, the regional department of the National Police announced.
In the Khmelnytsky region of Ukraine, a missile attack was launched on a military airport, which resulted in serious damage and casualties. According to the available information, due to the strike five aircraft were put out of service and the runway was destroyed, while warehouses with ammunition, fuel and lubricants started burning.
Several sources report damage to the airport. With ammunition and fuel igniting, the region faces large fires that threaten to cause further damage and loss.
There were repeated reports that Su-24 front-line bombers armed with British Storm Shadow cruise missiles were at the airfield. However, at this time this information has not been officially confirmed.
Experts do not exclude that the destruction of airports on the territory of Ukraine can be an effective strategy, as the Armed Forces of Ukraine increasingly use aircraft to strike with long-range tactical missiles.