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The war that started in February of 2022, which we left behind, continues in 2023 without slowing down. While contradictory statements continued to come for the key Soledar, Ukraine announced the balance sheet of the bloody operation.
The war, which started with the order of Russian President Vladimir Putin, continues at full speed.
Russia, which had targeted Kiev from the first days of the war, but could not take the city despite the siege that lasted for weeks, turned its target to the east.
The epicenter of the war is the critically important town of Soledar as the Russians, who have been in a defensive position here for a while, attack.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Russian mercenary army Wagner, announced that they had taken control of the salt-mining town of Soledar in eastern Ukraine.
While Russia and Ukraine did not confirm this claim, a move that entered the world’s agenda in the first place came from Kiev.
Ukraine announced that it killed more than 100 Russian soldiers in a single attack in Soledar.
Ukrainian newspaper Kyiv Independent wrote that missiles were used in the attack. “The attack destroyed 100 soldiers, as well as Russian military equipment,” the report said.
Ukrainian soldiers target Russian positions in Soledar with missiles… (Photo: AP)
KEY TO THE RUSSIAN OPERATION
Russia sees Soledar as the key to its campaign for the strategic city of Bakhmut and Ukraine’s wider eastern Donbas region.
It is stated that the capture of Soledar, a small town where salt mines are mined in the Donetsk region, will facilitate Russian troops to besiege the nearby strategic city of Bahmut.
For this reason, bloody conflicts have been taking place in the region for days.
Soledar’s population was about 10,000 before the war.
If the city were captured, Russia would have cut Bahmut off an important supply line connecting it to nearby Sloviansk.
soledarWhile the gains of capturing Russia were relatively small and costly, for the Kremlin, both militarily and in terms of propaganda. Russia It is stated that it will be a victory to be presented to the critics in it.
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