February 3, 2023

Athens News

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Video: Ukrainian officer beats his fighters for refusing to fight

The tragic plight of the UAF soldiers in Bakhmut, where, as can be seen from a video posted on the Internet, a Ukrainian officer beats his fighters for refusing to take up combat positions, considering the city lost.

About 14 brigades of 4,000 men each are fighting in and around Bakhmut and, according to German intelligence (BND), have already lost about 70% of their total strength. That is about 38,000 people.

It is noted that the losses of Ukraine in Soledar, a much smaller city, amount to more than 25 thousand people. PMC Wagner is currently advancing on Chasiv Yar southwest of Bakhmut, which is the only supply center for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

There are already first reports of clashes between Russians and Ukrainians in the village of Ivanovskoye, where the warehouses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are located.

With a surprise attack on the Zaporizhian Front, Russian troops advanced four kilometers and captured the town of Lugove/Lobkova northwest of Vasilyevka. Russian sources claim that these are preparatory actions for upcoming military operations north of the Dnieper.

On the Svatovo-Kremennaya front, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are trying every day to move forward, but they have not achieved anything significant, and all they have so far is significant losses.

After the capture of Soledar, the Russians took the initiative into their own hands not only in the Donbass, but also in all sectors of the front. The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced today the arrest of “seven Russian agents” in the Dnipro region (east of the country) on suspicion of spying for Moscow. “The SBU carried out another important special operation to expose and detain enemy agents,” SBU head Vasily Malyuk said in a statement.

According to the SBU, “the detainees handed over to the Russians the coordinates of critical infrastructure” in Ukraine and “gathered information about … the movements of power groups (of Kyiv) in the region,” which they handed over to the Russian military.

Dnipro (formerly Dnepropetrovsk) as well as Zaporozhye are next targets for the Russians due to their proximity to the Donbass. The Russians want to use the Donbass as a “bridgehead” from which they can spread to other regions.

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