Russia seizes Soledar at great cost and it will not help them – State Department

Artem Budrin17:36, 01/13/23

According to Ned Price, Russia has already lost from a strategic point of view.

The situation in Soledar is very difficult, but controlled / photo by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine
The situation in Soledar is very difficult, but controlled / photo by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

United States Department of State spokesman Ned Price assessed the situation in Soledar.

In his opinion, the minimal tactical success of the Russians does not cancel the strategic defeat that is coming to the Russian Federation.

“Firstly, the reason why a fierce battle for a city like Soledar – a city of about 10,000 inhabitants, at least before the war – makes headlines is the possibility (and it has not been confirmed) that the Russians achieve or, according to at least claim additional gains at the cost of heavy losses,” a State Department spokesman said.

Price noted that the seizure of new territories by Russian troops, despite heavy losses, is something that “we haven’t heard about for quite some time.” He attributed this to the effectiveness of Ukraine’s counter-offensive, which began last year.

According to him, Russia has already lost from a strategic point of view.

“Any further Russian success, even at such a high cost in terms of loss of personnel and equipment, will never be able to change the course of this war. No tactical advance will be able to change the strategic failure that President Putin and his troops have faced since the early days of this war, and a strategic failure, which was only exacerbated by Ukraine’s effective counter-offensive,” the official added.

Battles for Soledar

PMC “Wagner” has been storming Soledar for the past two weeks. Without control over this city, the enemy will not be able to move deep into the Donetsk region. The occupiers  began  assault actions on December 27.

Defense Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov said that the  situation in Soledar  is very difficult, but manageable. 

On January 13, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine refuted the statements of the Rashists about the alleged “capture of the city.”

The leader of the private military company Wagner, Yevgeny Prigozhin , reproached the Russian Defense Ministry for “stealing his victories . “

(C)UNIAN 2023

3 comments

  1. Even if russia takes Soledar, what have they “liberated?” A village with an area of 5.5 sq miles at a huge cost in lives an material, and it took them 6 months to do it. In the same time, Ukraine liberated 28,743 sq miles.

    • Lots of mineral wealth for vermin like girl-strangler Prigozhin to thieve off Ukraine.
      I hope there is a viable plan to drive those fucks right back out again.

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