Wagner leader interested in salt and gypsum deposits in Donbass, – Reuters
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The US authorities believe that the desire of PMC "Wagner" to capture & nbsp; Bakhmut, for which fierce battles have been waged for several months, is dictated by "obsession" Yevgeny Prigogine to take control of salt and gypsum deposits in the Donetsk region. This was reported Reuters by an official representative of the White House, whose name was not released.
"Radio Liberty" suggests that we are talking about the Artemovsky salt deposit, the largest in Europe, located near Bakhmut.
The publication also draws attention to the fact that recently in the area of u200bu200bthe city of Soledar, where the salt processing enterprise “Artyomsol” is located, the intensity of hostilities in which PMC fighters are directly involved has increased.
Information about the battles for Soledar is also  ;confirmed Evgeny Prigogine:
Yes, Wagner PMC fighters and exclusively fighters of PMC "Wagner" close to taking Soledar.
The representative of the White House also gave an estimate of the losses of the Wagner PMC mercenaries. According to him, more than four thousand PMC fighters were killed during the war, and almost ten thousand more were injured. More than a thousand Wagner soldiers were killed. died in the last month only near Bakhmut. The total number of PMCs US authorities estimate at 50 thousand people.
BAGNET notes the city of Bakhmut (until 2016 – Artemovsk) &ndash ; an important transport hub in the Donbass, which serves as a fortified area of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which covers the offensive routes to Kramatorsk, Slavyansk, Seversk and Toretsk.
From the second half of May, Russian troops conducted powerful rocket attacks on Bakhmut, and by August they reached one from the outskirts of the city. Since the end of summer, the Russians, represented mainly by Wagner PMC fighters, have been fighting stubbornly in this direction.
In October 2022, the United States accused the Wagner PMC in the exploitation of natural resources in the Central African Republic, Mali, Sudan and other African countries to finance the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Prepared by: Sergey Daga