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The main results of the battle for Soledar: the biggest victory, the feat of the fighters and black bags for Ukraine

Photo: Press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation / TASS

Photo: Press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation / TASS

A typical reaction of the skinheads to the loss of Soledar in my personal *: “Mighty scattering. Soledar can’t take a rock**… Ahah…”

This is written to me from a country that has not taken a single major city with a fight. And just enjoyed the fruits of our mistakes.

Those who are now trying to downplay the scale of success in Soledar, comparing it with the loss of territories in the Kharkiv and Kherson regions, are, to put it mildly, disingenuous.

Yes, in terms of area, these are incommensurable scales. But Kherson, and Izyum, and Kupyansk were left virtually without exhausting positional battles. And that means without catastrophic losses on our part.

In Soledar, combat-ready units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were grinded for half a year. Kyiv threw more and more brigades to hold the city, which left the combat zone in pickup trucks and black bags.

A Ukrainian soldier adjusts the magazine with cartridges during a lull in the battle for Soledar, January 10, 2023.

A Ukrainian soldier adjusts the magazine with cartridges during a lull in the battle for Soledar, January 10, 2023.

A photo: REUTERS

Yes, Soledar is a small town on the outskirts of the most powerful Ukrainian defense hub – Artemivsk. But here, perhaps, the biggest defeat (in manpower) since the time of Mariupol was inflicted on the Armed Forces of Ukraine. And this is the main success of the Soledar confrontation.

*Lichka – personal page in social networks

** Piv roku – half a year in Ukrainian

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