“Today – Soledar, and tomorrow – Kyiv”: the expert explained the suicidal bloodthirstiness of the Kremlin

Anastasia Gorbacheva08:59, 13.01.23

Oleg Zhdanov noted that Putin needs at least some kind of victory in Ukraine.

Oleg Zhdanov explained why Putin threw all his forces at Soledar / photo twitter.com/Maxar
Oleg Zhdanov explained why Putin threw all his forces at Soledar / photo twitter.com/Maxar

The Kremlin needs at least some kind of victory in Ukraine to motivate Russian society to continue the war . Any captured Ukrainian city is a symbol for Moscow.

“Soledar is a symbol. Soledar, Bakhmut … any settlement today is a symbol for the Russian Federation. They need victory in order to motivate society to continue the war,” said  military expert Oleg Zhdanov in an interview with the newspaper Observer.

At the same time, he reminded that Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to announce a new wave of mobilization, and no one will go to war without victories.

“He would generally like a general mobilization. At least, that’s what some sources from the Kremlin say. But today there is no reason for this, there are no victories. What can we say to the Russians? We will lose – go to the Military Commissariat? No, no one will go. But if so : “Look, today we took Soledar, and tomorrow we will take Kyiv, we need to finish off the nationalists and the Bandera residents in their lair” – yes, this is the motive. Therefore, Soledar itself is not important today. It’s just that, according to the Russian military commanders, in Soledar we have the weakest place in the defense. They tried to take Bakhmut for a long time, but then it was decided to break through to Soledar,” the expert explained.

According to him, for the Russians it makes no difference which city to capture, because the most important thing is symbolism.

Battles for Soledar – what is known

It has not been the first day that fierce battles have been fought for the city. According to Mykhailo Podolyak, the adviser to the head of the OPU, the Russian occupiers could lose up to 20,000 personnel near Bakhmut and Soledar in the Donetsk region . At the same time, he reminded that in the Soledar area, the Russians gathered almost the entire combat-ready group.

At the same time, Russian propagandists often announce the capture of either Bakhmut or Soledar. In turn, the representative of the US Ministry of Defense, General Patrick Ryder, said that the Pentagon has no confirmation of information about the alleged capture  of the city of Soledar by the Russians .

(C)UNIAN 2023


  1. The allies are dragging this out. A rethink is needed. Start by declaring all NPP’s as NFZ’s. Then declare Kyiv oblast as a NFZ. Then move on step by step.

  2. If taking a small settlement like Soledar is a victory big enough to motivate the cockroaches in mafia land, then they’ve sunk lower than anyone could’ve ever imagined. Add to this the swimming pools full of blood that this is costing the shithole.

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