Russian war against Ukraine in deadlock, according to UK Ministry of Defense

21 January, 01:36 PM
Ukrainian military near Bakhmut (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Ukrainian military near Bakhmut (Photo:REUTERS/Oleksandr Ratushniak)

Russian and Ukrainian troops are not making significant progress in any area of the frontline, which has led to a stalemate in the war between Russia and Ukraine, the UK’s Ministry of Defense concluded on Twitter on Jan. 21.

In the northeast, near Kreminna, Ukraine has probably made small gains and successfully defended itself against a Russian counterattack, the MoD writes.

According to British intelligence, in Donetsk Oblast, on the Bakhmut axis, Russian military and Wagner forces are likely to regroup in the town of Soledar after capturing it earlier in the week. In the south, in Zaporizhzhya Oblast, both sides have concentrated significant forces, exchanging artillery fire, but avoiding large-scale offensives.

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"However, there is a realistic possibility of local Russian advances around Bakhmut," the MoD added.

In the first weeks of 2023, Russia focused its efforts on trying to capture the town of Soledar, and combat is ongoing in that area.

According to Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, Russian troops have deployed almost all of their main forces to the Donetsk sector. Ukrainian military spokesperson Serhiy Cherevatyi said that Russia was using Wagner units in that section, in addition to regular Russian military.

On Jan. 18, the UK Ministry of Defense reported that Ukrainian defenders may have retreated from Soledar on Jan. 16 and taken up new defensive positions west of the town.

However, the Ukrainian military insists that Soledar is not wholly under Russian control, and is still contested by Ukrainian forces.

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