In a publicly released interview with state official and prowar blogger Konstantin Dolgov, the Wagner Group's Yevgeniy Prigozhin pushed dangerously farther than ever before.

Essentially he said that Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine was a bust, that the Russian leader knows not what he's doing; explicitly he said that Ukraine is now strong, and he implied that Putin himself is imperiling the Screenshot 2023-05-25 at 4.22.15 AM very existence of Russia itself. 

"We are in a situation where we can simply lose Russia. We must introduce martial law. We unfortunately … must announce new waves of mobilization; we must put everyone who is capable to work on increasing the production of ammunition," said Prigozhin. "Russia needs to live like North Korea for a few years, so to say, close the borders … and work hard.