Wagner Group's Battlefield Demotion Is Good—for Wagner

Despite Wagner's prominence in Ukraine, there exists a long, complicated, and tenuous relationship between Wagner's head and the upper brass of Russia's Ministry of Defense (MoD). This has been amplified by Prigozhin frequently criticizing Russian military leadership, complaining of their unwillingness to resupply Wagner fighters while also claiming credit for delivering tactical victories by capturing places like Popasna and Soledar.