Putin welcomes the “positive dynamics” on the front

Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 2:01 pm.

‘Everything is going according to plan’: Russian President Vladimir Putin has insisted that Russia’s campaign in Ukraine is following “positive dynamics” after announcing the capture of the modest town of Soledar in what Moscow described as a victory.

Meanwhile, emergency services were called to search for survivors in the ruins of a building in Dnieper, eastern Ukraine, on Sunday morning.

“The dynamics are positive and everything is going according to the plans of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff. I hope that our fighters will please us many times with their military results,” Vladimir Putin said in an interview with Russia. public television broadcast on Sunday.

On the tarmac of the airport, next to the Russian president’s plane, he answered a question from a journalist from the “Rossia-1” channel about the “news from Soledar”, which the Russian army claimed to have conquered on Friday.

The capture of this small town was presented to Moscow as a success after several months of frustrations, notably the withdrawal of Kharkiv Oblast (to the east) and the large city of Kherson (to the south) in the face of counterattacks. Ukrainian attacks.

According to Moscow, the capture of Soledar is an important step towards encircling the nearby town of Bakhmut, which the Russian army and the Wagner paramilitary group have been trying to capture for months.

On Saturday, Pavlo Kirilenko, the governor of the Donetsk region, assured that Soledar is still “under the control of Ukraine” and that “fighting continues in the city and outside”.

– Demolition building –

On Saturday, a new wave of fire hit several cities and areas of Ukraine, including a residential building in Dnieper.

According to the information given by the city council on Sunday, as a result of the bombing of this building, at least 23 people, including a child, were killed and 72 people were injured.

Another 43 people are missing.

A video released by Ukrainian rescue services shows rescuers digging through the rubble of a building that was split in half at night.

Among the dead is a 15-year-old girl. The rescuers were able to pull out 38 survivors from the rubble.

The Ukrainian army claimed that the building was hit by a Kh-22 missile, saying that there were no anti-aircraft defenses to hit this type of facility.

In the south, in Kryvyi Rig, one person was killed and another injured when apartment buildings were destroyed by the strike, according to an official report.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned “Russian terrorism” and said “The world must stop this evil.”

The headquarters of the Ukrainian army said that on Saturday “the enemy launched a total of three airstrikes and about fifty missile strikes during the day.”

For its part, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday that the day before, it carried out “missile fire” on “the military command system of Ukraine and its related energy infrastructures” and achieved its goal.

According to the Ukrainian authorities, after these new attacks, there was a power outage in most regions of the country. Neighboring Moldova claimed to have found rocket remains on its territory, near the village of Larga in the north.

– Heavy tanks –

Great Britain on Saturday promised to deliver 14 heavy “Challenger 2” tanks to Ukraine “in the coming weeks”.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a telephone conversation that the delivery “reflects the UK’s ambition to increase its support for Ukraine”.

Thus, Great Britain became the first country to undertake to send this type of armored vehicle to Ukraine. Mr. Zelensky thanked London for its decisions “which will not only strengthen us on the battlefield, but also send the right signal to other partners.”

Russian diplomacy estimated that this shipment of weapons “will not speed up the end of hostilities in any case, but will intensify them and cause new victims.”

Kyiv has already received about 300 Soviet-designed heavy tanks from its allies, but not yet Western-made.

Poland had already indicated on Wednesday that it was ready to hand over 14 German-designed Leopard 2 heavy tanks, which required Berlin’s approval.

A number of Western nations have also recently announced deliveries of lighter tanks.

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