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Ukraine War News | Is Solitaire surrounded? The fighting continues

Is Solitaire surrounded? The fighting continues

from dpa, afp, Reuters, T-Online

Updated 01/11/2023 – 12:08 pmReading Time: 20 min.

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Russia: Another prisoner swap agreed with Ukraine

11:59 am: According to Russian sources, Russia and Ukraine have again agreed to exchange prisoners. Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatiana Moskalkova spoke about the exchange of 40 prisoners after a meeting with her Ukrainian counterpart in Turkey, Dmytro Lubinets. Both discussed at an international conference in Ankara. The two warring factions have exchanged prisoners several times, most recently on Sunday.

Is Solitaire surrounded? The fight for the Ukrainian city continues

11.10 am: According to Ukrainian reports, Russian armed forces have not captured the small town of Soledor in the east. Serhiy Cherevatji, a spokesman for the Eastern Military Command, said on Ukrainian television that there was heavy fighting. The fight continued. The intensity of the wars can be compared to World War II. The battle for Soledar was crucial and the Ukrainian soldiers did not allow the Russian forces to break through the front.

Russian troops have surrounded the small town of Soledar in eastern Ukraine, according to the Defense Ministry in Moscow. Airborne troops have surrounded the area from the north and south, Russian news agencies reported, citing daily reports from the ministry. At the same time, the Luftwaffe attacked Ukrainian positions at Solader. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has previously spoken of “positive dynamics” but declined to officially confirm Solidar’s capture. According to reports, heavy fighting is still taking place, especially in the center of the city. Independent confirmation of the fight is not possible.

The former Russian official has been fiercely critical of Putin

10.20 am: U.S. Former Russian intelligence officer Igor Girkin has intensified his criticism of Moscow’s war in Ukraine, according to the Institute for War Studies (ISW). Read more about it here.

England: Attack from Belarus unlikely

9:36 am: British secret services consider Russian attacks on Ukraine impossible from the soil of ally Belarus. According to the British Ministry of Defense’s daily briefing on Wednesday, the deployment of Russian military helicopters and the deployment of troops in Belarus is actually training and not preparation for an attack.

Laborers observed a dozen different helicopters — some with the code “Z” to denote Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — recently landed at an airfield near the Belarusian capital, Minsk.

According to official information, against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine, Belarus intends to hold a two-week air force exercise with the Russian Armed Forces from mid-January. The two countries formed a joint task force in the fall – officially to protect the external borders of the Russian-Belarusian Union. Over the past few weeks, there has been repeated speculation about a Russian attack on Ukraine from Belarusian territory.

A report from Kyiv indicates the loss of Soledar

8.44 am: According to the Ukrainian military, it has repelled Russian offensives in 13 different locations, but the hard-fought Soledar in the Donbass is not mentioned. “In the past 24 hours, units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces have attacked the invaders in the villages of Kryanivka (Kharkiv region), Stelmakivka (Luhansk region), Spirn, Rostolivka, Vesele, Bakmut, Klishivka, Majersk, Vodyano, Krasvelsk, Nevelsk, Kryanivka, Marjinka and Prechystivka. pushed out of the Donetsk region,” the General Staff’s situation report said on Wednesday. Earlier, Russian units reported capturing the city of Soledar.

The city of Pakmut mentioned in the situation report is south of Soledar, and the towns of Rostolivka and Vesele are northwest and northeast of Soledar. The deliberate omission of the small town’s name suggests that Ukrainian forces may have largely lost control of Solader.

Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine was bombed after Berbach’s visit

10:32 PM: The city was bombed on Tuesday evening, hours after Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Berbach (Greens) made a surprise visit to Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, according to the regional governor.

On the online service Telegram, Governor Oleg Sinekupov urged residents to stay in shelters. “The invaders are bombing us again!” He continued. A journalist from the AFP news agency heard several explosions in the city.

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