Kyiv, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces conducted a systematic withdrawal from towns in the eastern region of Donbass, before officials confirmed Wednesday. Ukrainian forces have withdrawn from the salt-mining town of Soledar to “protect the lives of personnel,” Serhiy Cherevaty, a spokesman for eastern Ukraine, told The Associated Press.
The soldiers returned to their previously prepared defensive positions, he said.
Moscow describes the Battle of Soledar, near the city of Bakhmut, as the key to capturing the entire Donbass. However, while this achievement brings Russian forces one step closer to Bakhmut, military analysts say the capture of Soledar is more symbolic than strategic for Moscow.
Ukrainian forces held out in SoledarIt was part of the dominant Russian force, and said the heavy defense of the eastern fortresses helped hold them back.
Russia claimed to have taken Soledar almost two weeks ago, but.
Many of the Russian forces around Soledar belonged to the Wagner Group, a Russian private military contractor, and the fighting was reportedly bloody.
Since its invasion of Ukraine, Russia has prioritized full control of Donbass, which comprises the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, and has supported a separatist uprising since 2014. under Ukrainian control.
The strength of the new Ukrainian defensive positions is not known, but control of Soledar could allow Russian forces to cut supply lines to Ukrainian forces at Bakhmut.
The War Institute, a Washington think tank, said earlier this month that the fall of Soledar “is not a significant operational development and is unlikely to signal an imminent Russian siege of Bahmut.”
The institute said that Russian intelligence operations “overexaggerated the importance of Soledar.” He also claimed that the long and difficult battle had contributed to the exhaustion of the Russian army.
tank on the way
Perhaps more worrying to Moscow, Western military support for Ukraine is now ramping up with tank deliveries.After weeks of pressure from European allies and Washington, GermanyDeploy some of your Leopard 2 MBTs to Ukraine, paving the way for other EU nations to own Leopard 2s.
United States alsoBut officials told CBS News that it will likely be months before it is actually deployed on the battlefield, although European nations will soon be able to use the Leopard 2 in Ukraine.
Russian forces continue to attack regions of Ukraine, especially in the south and east. A Russian strike wounded 10 civilians in eastern Donetsk province on Tuesday, said provincial governor Pablo Kirilenko.
He said five people were injured when Russian artillery shells slammed into an apartment block.
The Ukrainian Army General Staff said on Wednesday that the Russian military launched four missile attacks, 26 airstrikes and more than 100 rocket artillery system attacks in the past 24 hours.
According to spokesman Oleksandr Stupn, the Russian army is focused on consolidating control of the Donetsk region, conducting offensive operations around the besieged cities of Bakhmut, Raiman and Avdiuka, as well as the village of Novopavlivka. ing.
In addition to Donetsk, Russian attacks hit the settlements of Kharkov and Sumy in the northeast of the country, Chernihiv in the north, the easternmost part of Luhansk, the southeast of Zaporizhia, and the Kherson province in the south.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ukraine-news-russia-war-kyiv-confirms-retreat-from-soledar-near-bakhmut/ Ukraine confirms withdrawal from eastern town of Soledar to ‘protect personnel’s lives’