Yevgeny Prigozhin
Yevgeny Prigozhin, right, with Russian president Vladimir Putin

Prigozhin’s criticisms echoed what he has been saying publicly for weeks, the officials said, speaking anonymously to discuss sensitive intelligence. But the revelation that he felt comfortable sharing such a harsh rebuke of the Russian military effort with Putin in a private setting shows how his influence is rising as Moscow’s war falters. It also highlights the shaky standing of the Russian defense establishment’s formal leadership, which has come under fire from Prigozhin and others after months of battlefield errors and losses.

Source: Russian mercenary chief vented to Vladimir Putin over Ukraine war bungling – The Washington Post