The Ministry of Defense confirms that on the evening of January 12, the liberation of the city of Soledar, “which is important for the continuation of successful offensive operations in the Donetsk direction,” was successfully completed.
“Establishing full control over Soledar makes it possible to cut off the supply routes of Ukrainian troops in the southwestern city of Artemovsk, and then block and take into the “boiler” the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine remaining in it,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said at a recent briefing and explained to the media what efforts this victory was given.
The lieutenant general said that the capture of Soledar became possible “thanks to the constant fire destruction of the enemy by assault and army aviation, missile troops and artillery of a group of Russian troops (forces)”.
“They continuously inflicted concentrated strikes on the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the city, forbidding the transfer of reserves, the supply of ammunition, as well as attempts by the enemy to withdraw to other lines of defense. Fighter aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces during the actions to liberate the city destroyed three aircraft and a helicopter of the Ukrainian Air Force, which performed the tasks of providing air fire support to the Ukrainian troops,” Konashenkov said.
In addition to aviation, the air defense units played their role, which shot down 9 rockets of the HIMARS, Alder and Uragan multiple launch rocket systems over our units, and the airborne troops made a “hidden maneuver from another direction, successfully attacked the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, occupying the dominant heights and blocked the city from the northern and southern sides.
The Ukrainian nationalists were unable to use their drones either, since around Soledar our electronic warfare units suppressed the enemy’s control system.
“The complex of measures implemented by the Russian group of troops ensured the successful offensive operations of the assault detachments to liberate Soledar. Over the past three days alone, more than 700 Ukrainian servicemen and over 300 units of weapons of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed in the Soledar region, ”Konashenkov said the figures for the losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the liberation of Soledar.
The representative of the Ministry of Defense also listed the losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the remaining sections of the line of contact: up to 20 Ukrainian servicemen were killed in Kupyansky, more than 40 in Krasno-Limansky, and more than 20 in Yuzhno-Donetsk.
In addition, dozens of tanks, armored vehicles and pickup trucks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine were destroyed.
Also during this time, air defense units, aviation, missile troops and artillery of groups of troops (forces) of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation were hit: three drones, four ammunition depots, a hangar with weapons and military equipment of the 108th brigade of territorial defense, a combat vehicle of a multiple launch rocket system of fire “Uragan”, two launchers of the MLRS “Grad”, a self-propelled howitzer 2S1 “Gvozdika”, three self-propelled howitzers 2S3 “Acacia”, three Ukrainian howitzers D-20, 117 artillery units in firing positions, manpower and military equipment in 105- ty areas.