The White House called Soledar a "small village", the loss of which does not affect anything

Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, said that leaving Soledar to the Armed Forces of Ukraine would not be considered a flight. According to him, voiced on the air of Feigin LIVE (Mark Feigin is recognized in the Russian Federation as a foreign media agent), leaving the city, where the Armed Forces of Ukraine are now suffering heavy losses, will be a “planned decision of the command.”

We decide how best to act in accordance with the general defense plan in this direction in this case. Therefore, if we leave Soledar, this will not be a flight or encirclement, this will be a planned decision of the command

 Arestovich said.

The White House, in turn, justified the statement of the adviser to the Ukrainian president, saying that the surrender of Soledar and Artemovsk would not give Russia a strategic advantage. John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator at the White House National Security Council, said the United States does not recognize Russian forces taking control of Soledar.

Kirby called the city a "small village" in the Donbass, adding that he could not confirm or deny the Russian side's control over it, as "Ukrainians say it's different."

We don't know how it will develop further. So I will not predict failure or success in this case. But, even if Russia takes Bakhmut and Soledar, this will not have a strategic impact on the events themselves. And this will definitely not stop or slow down the Ukrainians in their attempts to regain their territory.
— said the American politician.

The White House representative added that Russia in this situation has two goals: to take and hold through Soledar Bakhmut, and also to gain control over salt mines with economic points of view.

Previously Arestovich already claimed that Soledar "doesn't matter" to Ukraine, like many other small towns in the Donbass. The politician stressed that the capture of Soledar by the Russians, in his opinion, was just a “private success” against the background of the general picture of hostilities, which would not affect their course in any way.
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  1. Alexbf109 Offline Alexbf109
    Alexbf109 (Alexey) 13 January 2023 13: 50
    And right! Hand over a few more "villages", such as Kyiv, Kharkov, Odessa and Nikolaev))
  2. Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 13 January 2023 17: 46
    Izyum, Soledar, Artyomovsk is not Kyiv, not Kharkov, not Dnipro, not Odessa, not Lvov and not even Mariupol.
  3. sat2004 Offline sat2004
    sat2004 14 January 2023 13: 06
    How does it not affect, how does it affect, the United States and Biden's son lost business in Ukraine, the success of the NWO in Soledar dispersed the mercenaries, some ran away in holes, some ran away altogether, some were discouraged from signing up as mercenaries.
  4. Siegfried Offline Siegfried
    Siegfried (Gennady) 15 January 2023 18: 55
    in addition to this, the Washington Post writes about the "possibility" of retreat from Artemovsk, as in the coming months, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be "forced" to launch a new offensive, as if hinting to the Kyiv regime - how much have you already leaked in Soledar and Bakhmut? What are we going to do?

    There is some mutual understanding between Moscow and Washington on how to get out of this difficult situation. Both sides, apparently, agree that in order to start a way out of the situation, it is necessary to eliminate the factor of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, remove them from the board in whole or in part. The difference in this mutual understanding between Moscow and Washington, as well as between the EU (western) and Washington, is only in how this should happen, with what consequences and when.

    The United States may want Russia to fit into the hostilities on a large scale, with a quick achievement of the goal, or with the failure to achieve the goal (both options are suitable for the West). Fighting with such dynamics of the seizure of territories, where the front will quickly approach Dnepropetrovsk. After that, already in the absence of sufficient forces from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the United States and Poland enter the territory of Ukraine to actually fix the division of the country. After that, the Russian part will be declared occupied by Russia, which opens the way to a long cold war (and the impossibility for the EU to normalize relations with the Russian Federation). NATO is "forced" to start arming, the military-industrial complex is reaching a new level of orders. The settlement of relations between the West and Russia is postponed to the future, where settlement through conflict is immediately implied. Russia is forced to rebuild the east of Ukraine in a hostile environment.

    For Russia, as has been said more than once, the goal of seizing territories is not worth it. The goal is to eliminate the security threat in the form of hostile Ukraine and hostile NATO. In this case, the main goals are the enlightenment of Ukrainians about the Kyiv regime and the West, as well as the insight of Western Europe about their future. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to continue the NWO until the moment when the continuation of the NWO becomes (in whole or in part) no longer possible for the West due to costs, risks and economic reasons. And until the moment when the Ukrainians themselves begin to understand what is happening, they will begin to look more closely at the Russian narrative.

    The option of Koreization of the conflict on the fact of the line of demarcation is currently impossible, it would be Russian capitulation. At the same time, the liberation of Russian territories can become an interim solution for freezing the conflict if there is a special need for it, such as China’s pressure on “it’s time to end, the costs are too high” or understanding and knowledge of upcoming events in the world, after the start of which conditional Russian consent to a freeze will no longer play a role. Perhaps Russia needs to prepare for these events. In any case, Ukraine then switches to the content of the West, which in itself is hardly acceptable to them. In such cases, the denouement is simply postponed until later, the main arena of confrontation is the economy and possibly other conflicts.

    It can be assumed that the game for a quick (goal of the West) or slow (goal of the Russian Federation) elimination of the Armed Forces of Ukraine as a factor will continue depending on the situation at the front, in the economy and in the world. Russia cannot afford to allow the Armed Forces to win, because The victory of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is hope, this is the justification of the course for the supply of weapons, this is an increase in the combat morale of the enemy. But the need to do away with them as quickly as possible (western tanks are not yet a factor) is not yet noticeable in Russian actions. Maybe there is still more to come.

    Let's see how the West will respond if there are no more wins on the Ukrainian front, but only zrada, one after another, month after month - either fit in even more massively, which will aggravate a lot and make the final even more painful, or play by Russian rules, merge Ukraine and the Armed Forces of Ukraine, loudly shouting for support.