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Ukraine, breaking news. Fighting in Solidar, Turkey seeks mediation. Usage: Moscow is in trouble

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The battle continues at Solidar, while the Russians and Wagner’s mercenaries are also trying to besiege Bakhmut. In satellite images, the mining city of Donetsk appears razed to the ground, while Kyiv says there is fighting but the city has not yet been conquered. Warning of more than 500 civilians who cannot be evacuated. Turkish President Erdogan is trying to mediate for a humanitarian corridor. And the US national security spokesman, John Kirby, confirmed that “the fighting in eastern Ukraine was fierce,” and stressed that the changes in the leadership of the armed forces in Moscow were “an attempt to overcome difficulties.”

Ukraine and Russians in Solidar filmed from above “like ants”
  • Isw, Soledar possibly under Russian control

    “The geolocated footage released on January 11 and 12 indicates that Russian forces likely control most, if not all, of Solidar and have likely pushed Ukrainian forces out of the settlement’s western perimeter,” according to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in His report was published yesterday. The report noted that “the Ukrainian General Staff and other high-ranking military sources did not mention that Ukrainian forces repelled the Russian attacks on Solidar on January 12, as they did before.” He added that Russian military bloggers “published on January 12 footage of Wagner Group fighters walking freely in Solidar and claimed that they had visited the settlement with Russian forces.” “All available evidence indicates that Ukrainian forces no longer maintain an organized defense at Solidar,” the institute concludes. “Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s January 12 statement that Ukrainian forces are occupying positions at Solidar may refer to nearby defensive positions but not at Solidar.

  • Battle in Solidar, Turkey seeking mediation. USA: The Russians are in crisis

    The battle continues at Solidar, while the Russians and Wagner’s mercenaries are also trying to besiege Bakhmut. In satellite images, the mining city of Donetsk appears razed to the ground, while Kyiv says there is fighting but the city has not yet been conquered. Warning of more than 500 civilians who cannot be evacuated. Turkish President Erdogan is trying to mediate for a humanitarian corridor, while the United States is pressuring Moscow: the changes in the army’s leadership are, says national security spokesman John Kirby, “an attempt to overcome difficulties.”

    Ukrainian soldiers repair a tank near Krymina in the Lugansk region (AFP)

  • Moscow: exercises with Belarus to avoid escalation

    A Russian Foreign Ministry official said the escalation of joint military exercises between Russia and Belarus was aimed at discouraging “potential adversaries from escalation and provocations”. Russia used Belarus as a staging ground for the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and the deployment of a group of joint forces in Belarus raised fears in Kyiv that Russia was heading for a new offensive.

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