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Russia claims success in Ukraine’s Soledar as Moscow names new war commander

By Yaroslav Trofimov

11 Jan 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Russia has claimed its first major success in Ukraine since July. As the Journal explains, defeat in Soledar would make it harder for Ukraine to defend the strategically important city of Bakhmut.

Russia claimed its first significant success in Ukraine since July, seizing most of the eastern town of Soledar after weeks of heavy fighting led by the Wagner Group paramilitary organization, as the country’s top military officer took direct command of the campaign.

Gen. Valery Gerasimov‘s appointment as commander of Russia’s war effort in Ukraine sidelines Gen. Sergei Surovikin, who was named to lead Russian forces there three months ago.

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