The second phase of the Russian operation began, this time from north of Soledar.Russian airborne forces entered and occupied the first buildings.
Russian troops took full control of the high-rise building in the northern part of the center of Soledar and cleared the northwestern part of Karpinsky and Nosov Streets.
The Ukrainian Command rushed units of the 46th Brigade to Soledar to balance and hold the front, but to no avail.
Events in Soledar are moving much faster than anyone would expect.
To stabilize the situation, the Ukrainian Command hastily moved reserves into the city. T he reserves managed to hold the main line of defense but could not protect their "flanks".
All roads are under the control of Russian Army artillery. To the south, Giatsint-B and Giatsint-S artillery systems control a section of the route between the settlement of Blahodatne and the NW suburb of Soledar near Sovetskaya Street.
Because of this, the reinforcements of the 17th Ukrainian Armored Brigade cannot reach Soledar.
Ukrainian forces withdrawing from Soledar are going to Paraskoveevka, where a defense line is urgently being built.
It is a wonder how the Russian forces managed to get through minefields and trenches in the northern part of Soledar so quickly.
Are the Ukrainians out of ammunition? They have such great losses.
Within 3 days Russian and allied forces control 80% of the city which may indicate the significant fatigue of the Ukrainian army in this area.We had pointed out since yesterday that the situation is now irreversible for the Ukrainians.
The Ukrainian 1st, 2nd, 30th and 4th Battalions of the 46th Airborne Brigade have suffered very heavy losses.At the end of December, this formation was reinforced with mobilized soldiers from the Kirovograd, Sumy and Ternopil regions.
However, due to the lack of combat training, more than half of the recruits died six days after arriving at the front.
On 3 January, due to a large number of irreparable casualties, the Ukrainian COMM brigade sent a radiation, biological and chemical protection company to the front line of defense.
24 hours after being sent to the front line of battle, the unit stopped communicating and is currently missing.
At the same time, the 61st Ukrainian Brigade has the biggest losses in armored vehicles and tanks.
Most critical to notice about all of the American neocon warmongers calling for the defeat of Russia “to the last Ukrainian”, this report concludes, is that they’re all linked to and profit from Western arms industries, which can’t be said about decorated Vietnam War combat legend retired US Marine Colonel Richard Black, who back in June assessed: “Ukraine has lost the war”—an assessment now joined by famed American financier James Rickards, a top adviser to the United States intelligence community and the Pentagon who, in his open letter “Time To Get Real About Ukraine”, assessed this past week:
Don’t believe the incessant U.S. government and media propaganda about Ukraine.Ukraine is not winning the war; they are losing badly.
But wait, hasn’t the news been talking up Ukrainian gains in recent months, while Russia is retreating and being badly beaten?That’s the mainstream, pro-Ukrainian narrative.
Here’s the reality:
Most of the Ukrainian gains were against lightly defended positions that the Russians quickly abandoned because they were not worth fighting to defend.
Those Russian troops (really Donbas militias) were ordered to retreat to fortified Russian lines while Ukrainian forces rushing to fill the void were slaughtered by Russian artillery bombardments.
Most people think of war in terms of territory. If you lose territory, it must mean you’re losing the war.But it’s not always that simple.
The Russians will willingly cede territory in order to fight again at a later time under more favorable circumstances.They’ll simply retake it when the terms favor them.They’re not primarily concerned about the territory per se.The primary Russian objective is to grind down and destroy the Ukrainian armed forces.
And if the Ukrainians want to keep hurling themselves against Russian positions in order to recapture land and score a propaganda coup, that’s fine with the Russians.They’ll just grind the attacking forces down with heavy artillery fire (artillery kills far more people in war than bullets or bombs).
And despite Ukrainian government claims, the best intelligence says Russia is presently enjoying an 8–10:1 casualty rate.In other words, Russia is inflicting eight–10 casualties on Ukraine for every casualty it’s suffering.
That kind of ratio isn’t sustainable for Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Russia has reinforced its positions with 300,000 or more fresh troops (about 30 divisions) who are rested and resupplied.That’s in addition to the number of troops already in Ukraine.
Evidence indicates they’re backed by at least 1,500 tanks, 5,000 armored fighting vehicles, 1,000 rocket artillery systems, hundreds of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters plus thousands of tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and drones.
Now Russia is taking the gloves off.It’s already launched heavy, sustained attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure, including the power grid and energy nodes.Its army is also regrouping and preparing for massive counteroffensives.
It’s not interested in bringing Ukraine to the negotiating table anymore. It’s focused instead on destroying Ukraine’s military forces and imposing a settlement on Kyiv.
A major winter offensive will begin soon, likely when the ground in southern Ukraine is fully frozen (muddy ground will bog down Russian forces).A successful counteroffensive will consolidate Russian control of Donbas (the heartland of Ukrainian industry and natural resources), give Russia control of Zaporizhzhya (the largest nuclear power plant in Europe) and possibly include the conquest of Odessa, the most important Ukrainian Black Sea port.
The cost on the rest of Ukraine from Kyiv to Lviv will be horrendous, including the near-complete degradation of its power-generating capacity, transportation lines and food supplies. U.S. and U.K. weapons supplies won’t mean much because they are too little, too late and the Ukrainians are scarcely trained to use them.
But these prospects make no impact at all on the anti-Russian warhawks, both Democrat and Republican, who are determined to prolong the war at all costs — even if it means fighting Russia to the last Ukrainian.
[Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]