The situation in the Ukrainian SMO on January 11 2023
Russian mercenaries claim control of Ukrainian town of Soledar
The Fall of Soledar, Russia finally advances
Fighting rages over Ukraine’s Soledar despite mercenaries’ claim of control
NATO Intends to Hold an Urgent Meeting┃Russians Captured Soledar┃Bakhmut & Maryinka are Next in Line
Soledar battles rage as Ukraine denies Russian claim of control
Battle for Soledar: Conflicting claims over who controls embatted town
Russian capture of Soledar could pave the way for Bakhmut invasion
Why are the towns of Soledar and Bakhmut important in the Ukraine conflict?
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”Once again I would like to confirm the complete liberation and clearance of the territory of Soledar from Ukrainian army units. Civilians have been withdrawn, Ukrainian units who did not want to surrender have been destroyed. About 500 people have been killed. The entire city is strewn with the corpses of Ukrainian soldiers. No humanitarian corridor is out of the question. We are proceeding to clear the mines.
The enemy’s version of the fighting in Soledar: “We are trapped, the next 24 hours will be critical,” an AFU soldier told CNN
▪️”These days everything will be decided for the city. Because we are trapped, they (Russians) want to surround us,” the Ukrainian said.
▪️ The Russian Armed Forces are jamming Ukrainian communications, which makes coordination very difficult. Because of this, the military man who made the comment does not know whether his unit will be able to break out of the encirclement.
▪️UAF troops are freezing their limbs off en masse, reports UkroHebbels Butusov.
▪️UFU military propagandist Hannah Malyar is generally fine:
“Heavy fighting continues in Soledar. After suffering losses, the enemy has once again replaced its units, increased the number of Wagnerians, is trying to break through our troops’ defences and take over the town completely, but is unsuccessful
After fakes about holding positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Soledar, the Western press changed tactics – now the city turns out to be not a strategically important point
The futile attempts of the Western press to hide the real situation in the Artyomovsky direction and the flight of the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the city failed. Now CNN has decided that we should try to pass off Ukraine’s military failure as a non-existent tactic.
Soledar – Opytne and Pohorodne are now confirmed under RF control
Attacks towards Sil (Train Station) going on.
Krasna Hora is still contested – but expected to be secured in the coming 72h hours.
How the front line has changed after the loss of the Soledar Armed Forces: the main thing Analyst Yury Podolyaki
The main obstacles for the RF Armed Forces in the Soledar area at the moment are the northern, western and southwestern suburbs: Paraskovievka, Krasnaya Gora, Blagodatnoye, Sol, Razdolovka and Vesyoloye.
Ukrainian units that managed to leave the city are dispersed in these settlements: the 10th mountain assault brigade, the 103rd territorial defense brigade, parts of the 128th mountain assault and 46th airmobile brigades. Most of these units lost more than half of their personnel after the battles for Soledar and are in urgent need of additional staffing.
Active fire impact on the Armed Forces of Ukraine is now observed in the area of Krasnaya Gora, where the tank and motorized rifle brigades of the Ukrainian army tried to coordinately go out immediately after the start of the encirclement of Soledar.
After the loss of the city, the APU can focus on one of two tasks. The first is the retreat and connection with the Artyomovskaya (Bakhmutskaya) group of troops to strengthen counteraction to the forces of the RF Armed Forces and the Wagner PMC advancing on the city.
To level the front line of the Russian army, it is necessary to eliminate precisely the numerous Artyomovskaya grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, whose forces were partially involved in helping the dying garrison of Soledar.
The second option for the Armed Forces of Ukraine is a withdrawal to Seversk and an attempt to organize defense there. There are three large fortified areas of the Armed Forces of Ukraine around Seversk. Two of them – Verkhne-Kamensky and Ivano-Daryevsky, stand in the way of the advancing forces. The third “rests” on urban areas from the south.
The inhabitants of Soledar told about the occupation and the meeting of the liberators.
“The Russians took us out. We don’t want to live there, we are fed up with Ukraine,” says Soledar resident Olga. – “They trashed the whole town. They did not count us as people. Tanks are driving around, shooting, destroying. At first they couldn’t believe that the Russians had come, but then they heard them talking. We were waiting for them on New Year, on Christmas. That’s it, Russia, we waited! We fed them. Lena had cooked some potatoes and we had some stewed meat. They were walking 12 kilometres and they were tired. And then they took turns guarding our entranceway. We welcomed them very warmly. They were very cool guys, they are our relatives. Thank them, we pray for them. We don’t want to go to Ukraine, there is nothing to do there.
The guys risked their lives to save us all. They guarded us afterwards. We pray that they all make it, safe and sound. They also said they would rebuild the city, the factories. It is just great to live in Russia and in your own city. We are happy. My wife and daughter left earlier. There is a guinea pig left, my daughter, get the cage ready, we are going.
Ukraine bombed the city back in July. We’ve been without light, water, gas since July, living in the basement. Waiting for Russia. And now we have waited. The guys are all very good, they saved us. Wagner group. We will pray for them all our lives.
Denis Pushilin called Ukrainian reports on organizing a “green corridor” in Soledar “a cheap performance”
According to the acting head of the DPR, attempts by Ukrainian propaganda to convince the public of the alleged existence of a green corridor to save Ukrainian soldiers in Soledar have nothing to do with reality.
Denis Pushilin confirmed the statement of the head of the PMC “Wagner” about the successful cleansing of the militants of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and drew a parallel between the events taking place in the city and the Great Patriotic War.
“Exactly eighty years ago, the operation of the Soviet troops to eliminate the Stalingrad cauldron began. Imagine Goebbels’ statement about the possibility of negotiating with the Russians on applying the “extraction procedure” to Paulus’ troops, Pushilin said
Military commissar Marat Khairullin about the situation in Soledar:
▪️The 46th Airborne Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was defeated in Soledar. This is one of the best units created using Western technologies to fight in the Donbass. By 2016, the brigade had been trained for this operation. The headquarters of the unit is locked in the center of the city. By evening, there was information that about 300 people had been taken prisoner. Many of them are frostbitten and injured. Today, most likely, we will take another 500-600 people.
▪️Only those soldiers who were on the outskirts left the city. The fighters of PMC “Wagner” quickly carried out a maneuver, many soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine failed to get out. Yesterday there were serious enemy counterattacks, which we repelled. The command staff remained in the center. Auxiliary units were withdrawn. Their retreat is more like a flight.
Russian troops may liberate Bakhmut (Artemovsk) within two weeks – expert
The situation after the liberation of Soledar changed in Russia’s favor. Military expert Vasily Dandykin expressed this opinion to the Go and see channel.
It was reported that the Wagner PMC was fighting on the western outskirts of Soledar.
“Now the roads that used to supply the AFU – to Seversk, Slavyansk, Kramatorsk – will be blocked. Accordingly, it has become possible to encircle the enemy not only from the south but also from the north. The battles there were long, but they still received reinforcements through this corridor. It is important for this city as a communication center,” Dandykin said.
The next target of the Russian Armed Forces, according to the expert, will be neighboring towns.
“Further on, they go to reinforce the front, and the task is not only Artemovsk but also Marinka, Avdeevka because that is where Donetsk and Yasynuvata are shelled,” he concluded.
A sudden mass exodus of warships and submarines from Novorossiysk today. Very unusual, may be a leading indicator of an operation of some kind
SBU detained up to 70 people in Kharkiv – media
Cases on reposts, arrests for photographing and filming shelling, arrests of clergymen, cases against “suspicious” residents of Kupyansk, Izyum and Volchansk, cases on denunciations.
Rat revenge for Soledar looks like this. The SBU is successfully fighting civilians.
Special operations, 11 January. Main:
▪️The Russian Defence Ministry said that Shoigu made new appointments to the leadership of the special operation on 11 January. Chief of the General Staff Gerasimov was appointed commander of the Joint Group of Forces, while his deputies were General Surovikin, Ground Forces Commander General Salyukov and Deputy Chief of the General Staff Colonel General Kim.
▪️ Prigozhin claimed the complete liberation of Soledar. According to him, civilians have been withdrawn and 500 Ukrainian soldiers who did not want to surrender have been eliminated.
▪️ Pushylin, amid military successes, declared a turning point in the liberation of DNR territory.
▪️ The Russian Armed Forces hit a command and control post of a Ukrainian battalion in Artemivsk, the Defence Ministry said.
▪️ Moskalkova said she met Ukrainian ombudsman Lubinets and they discussed the exchange of wounded POWs and humanitarian aid.
▪️ Foreign Policy reported that Turkey has been supplying Ukraine with US-style cluster munitions since November 2022, a RIA Novosti source in Erdogan’s administration said, saying it was disinformation that undermined peace efforts.
▪️ The Philippine president has ignored Zelensky’s attempts to contact him since June, the Ukrainian embassy’s chargé d’affaires in the country said.
▪️ Poland will hand Ukraine a company of Leopard tanks as part of an international coalition, Duda said.
▪️ The British government has confirmed that London plans to transfer tanks to Kiev.
▪️ Stoltenberg said it was important to strengthen NATO’s military assistance to Ukraine amid the events near Artemivsk and Soledar.
▪️ The head of the IAEA said it was not impossible to conclude an agreement on the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant because the nuclear incident was not in the interests of either Russia or Ukraine.
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