Ukraine war: Putin says everything’s going to plan

Source: CNBC

“Russian President Vladimir Putin said the dynamics of the war in Ukraine, which Moscow calls a ‘special military operation,’ are positive, with everything going according to the defense ministry’s plan. Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Friday said Russian forces had captured Soledar in the eastern Donetsk region the previous day, after several days of conflicting reports over whether the town had fallen under Russian control after months of fierce fighting. Ukraine has not conceded defeat in Soledar, with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy saying Sunday evening that ‘the battle for Soledar, for Bakhmut, for the whole Donetsk region, for the Luhansk region continues without any respite, without any stop.’ Ukraine is reeling from a major Russian missile attack on the city of Dnipro in central Ukraine on Saturday in which 30 people were killed after an apartment block was hit.” (01/16/23)