MOSCOW, January 17. /TASS/. The Ukrainian army cannot maneuver its reserve troops near Artyomovsk because Russian forces have surrounded the city after taking Soledar, Advisor to the acting head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Igor Kimakovsky told the Soloviev Live TV channel on Tuesday.
"A tactical encirclement operation is essentially underway in Artyomovsk," he noted. "In fact, the main districts connected with other fortified areas have been cut off and the enemy is no longer capable of maneuvering its reserves. Our assault teams can perform their missions in a calmer manner now," Kimakovsky added.
The advisor pointed out that Russian forces were advancing and "an utterly serious tactical success is in sight." With Soledar taken, Artyomovsk "is clearly visible and is well within firing range," he added. According to Kimakovsky, good news can be expected from the area soon.
Russian forces completed their operation to liberate the city of Soledar from Ukrainian occupation late on January 12. According to Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Lieutenant General Igor Konashenkov, full control of the city makes it possible to cut off Ukrainian supply routes in Artyomovsk and encircle Kiev’s remaining military units in the city.