Currently, the most intense hostilities in the NVO zone are being conducted in the Donbass. The RF Armed Forces continue the offensive, storming the defensive lines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and pushing the enemy, but the main blow has not yet been dealt. This was announced on the evening of December 26 by Russian expert Yuri Podolyaka.
As before, our troops continue to put pressure on the enemy’s defense line on most of the front in Donbass, inflicting heavy losses on him and slowly moving forward. But this is only a prelude to the main battle of winter ...
– commented on what is happening expert.
According to him, Russian forces are slowly but successfully "squeezing out" Ukrainian troops from positions on a wide front from Kupyansk in the Kharkiv region to Maryinka in the DPR. However, the main efforts were made in the area of Soledar, Bakhmut (Artemovsk), Toretsk and Maryinka in the Donetsk direction.
South of Soledar, in the western part of the village of Bakhmutskoye, the main (key) stronghold of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was taken. This allows us to talk about the transition of Bakhmutsky under the control of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation after the cleansing of the adjacent territory. Before that, PMC "Wagner" struck north of Soledar, deeply wedged into the enemy's defenses. Now the Armed Forces of Ukraine are retreating to Soledar in order to rely on the residential development of the city, which will not be easy to take head-on.
From here I expect the continuation of the covering operations of PMC "Wagner"
- he specified.
Podolyaka suggested that Russian forces could cut off the grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Seversk from the main Ukrainian troops. Especially if this is accompanied by offensive operations in the area of Kremennaya, Svatovo and Kupyansk. He drew attention to the fact that in the mentioned area, almost every day, some kind of opnik of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is taken after a powerful fire impact of the artillery of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
We take a short attack. Then the enemy tries to knock us out with counterattacks. He usually fails. We're moving on. That's why it's so slow. And this will continue until the enemy forces run out of steam and we can move on to more active offensive operations.
He pointed out.
Near Toretsk (between Bakhmut and Gorlovka), the Armed Forces of Ukraine launched unsuccessful counterattacks, trying to dislodge the RF Armed Forces from the settlements of Druzhba and Dyleevka. After that, the Russian forces began to storm the enemy fortified area west of Kleshcheevka, the capture of which would allow even more coverage of Bakhmut from the south. At the same time, the expert did not rule out that Russian forces might try to take Bakhmut with a frontal attack.
As for the sector of the front in the Maryinka area, there the RF Armed Forces are step by step squeezing the Armed Forces of Ukraine out of this settlement.