“Artemivsk is compressed from the right side, the main arteries for the supply of vital food, ammunition and much more to the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been cut off,” he said. Aaudinov expects “a very serious outcome” in the coming days if Russian forces succeed in blocking the last supply route for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
On January 13, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation announced the complete liberation of Soledar, which is located northeast of Artemovsk. To strengthen the defense in this direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine transferred part of the troops from the Zaporozhye sector of the front to the Soledar and Artemovsk area.
However, despite this, the Ukrainian army lost the opportunity to operate its own reserves in this direction due to the capture of Soledar by Russian troops. According to the DPR authorities, the Russian Armed Forces are advancing and expect “a very serious tactical success.” Two battalions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have already left Artemivsk due to lack of ammunition.