Rifts in Russian military command seen amid Ukraine fighting


              FILE - Visitors wearing military camouflage pose at the entrance of the 'PMC Wagner Centre', which is associated with businessman and founder of the Wagner private military group Yevgeny Prigozhin, during the official opening of the office block during National Unity Day, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. The 61-year-old Prigozhin, who has expanded his assets from catering business to Wagner and then mining and other spheres, has scathingly criticized the top military brass for their blunders in Ukraine, charging that Wagner was much more efficient than regular troops. (AP Photo, File)
            
              FILE - Wagner Group head Yevgeny Prigozhin attends the funeral of Dmitry Menshikov, a fighter of the Wagner group who died during a special operation in Ukraine, at the Beloostrovskoye cemetery outside St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022. The fighting for Soledar and Bakhmut again highlighted a bitter rift between the top military brass and Yevgeny Prigozhin, a rogue millionaire whose Wagner Group military contractor has played an increasing role in Ukraine. (AP Photo, File)
            
              FILE - Visitors wearing military camouflage stand at the entrance of the 'PMC Wagner Centre', which is associated with businessman and founder of the Wagner private military group Yevgeny Prigozhin, during the official opening of the office block during National Unity Day, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. The 61-year-old Prigozhin, who has expanded his assets from catering business to Wagner and then mining and other spheres, has scathingly criticized the top military brass for their blunders in Ukraine, charging that Wagner was much more efficient than regular troops. (AP Photo, File)
            
              FILE - Smoke billows during fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in Soledar, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Soledar and Bakhmut again highlighted a bitter rift between the top military brass and Yevgeny Prigozhin, a rogue millionaire whose Wagner Group military contractor has played an increasing role in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Libkos, File)
            FILE - Chechnya's regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov arrives to attend a ceremony to sign the treaties for four regions of Ukraine to join Russia, at the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. Yevgeny Prigozhin has found a powerful ally in Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who deployed elite troops from the region to fight in Chechnya and shared his criticism of the military leadership and repeatedly assailed the Kremlin for being too soft and indecisive. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File) FILE - Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin is shown prior to a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, July 4, 2017.  The fighting for Soledar and Bakhmut again highlighted a bitter rift between the top military brass and Yevgeny Prigozhin, a rogue millionaire whose Wagner Group military contractor has played an increasing role in Ukraine.(Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool Photo via AP, File) FILE - The top Russian military commander in Ukraine, Gen. Sergei Surovikin, left, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, center, attend the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to the joint staff of troops involved in Russia's military operation in Ukraine, at an unknown location, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.  (Gavriil Grigorov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File) FILE - Businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, around his factory which produces school meals, outside St. Petersburg, Russia on Monday, Sept. 20, 2010. The fighting for Soledar and Bakhmut again highlighted a bitter rift between the top military brass and Yevgeny Prigozhin, a rogue millionaire whose Wagner Group military contractor has played an increasing role in Ukraine. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File) FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, escorted by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, and General Staff Valery Gerasimov walk after attending an extended meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry Board at the National Defense Control Center in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. As Russian troops wage a ferocious house-to-house fight for control of strongholds in eastern Ukraine, a parallel battle is unfolding in the top echelons of military power in Moscow, with President Vladimir Putin reshuffling his top generals while rival camps try to win his favor. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
Rifts in Russian military command seen amid Ukraine fighting