Ukrainian Army Admits Pulling Out of Soledar

Ukrainian Army Withdraws from Town Captured by Russian Forces

The Ukrainian Army officially withdrew from the town of Soledar this Wednesday (01.25.2023), after it was captured by Russian forces two weeks ago. According to Serguii Cherevati, military spokesman for the Eastern zone, the withdrawal was to let the enemy “not systematically break through in the direction of Donetsk.”

The Russian-imposed leader of the Donetsk region, Denis Pushilin, reported that Russian mercenary group Wagner had made gains in the nearby Ukrainian city of Bakhmut. Pushilin stated that “in Artiomovsk (Russian name for Bakhmut), quite strong clashes continue,” and indicated that Russian forces are trying to encircle and cut of the supply routes of the Ukrainian troops in this city.

However, some experts doubt the strategic relevance of Bakhmut beyond its location. The battle for this city has meant heavy losses for both sides in recent months. The acting governor of the Moscow-imposed Administration in Zaporizhia, Yevgeny Balitsky, said Ukrainian forces are preparing a counteroffensive of up to 40,000 troops.

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