Russian winter offensive with new territorial gains.
While Zelensky is enjoying himself at the WEF meeting in Davos with salmon sandwiches, champagne and party canapés, his soldiers are dying in large numbers in the Donbas. The Russian winter offensive brings new territorial gains for Putin's army.
To describe the situation for Zelensky's soldiers along the main battle line in the Donbas as precarious would be a gross understatement.
While their commander-in-chief is enjoying himself at Schwab's WEF meeting in Davos with all kinds of delicacies and treats (and, as always, demanding new weapons, more ammunition and even more war equipment), they have to manage the shortages and somehow oppose the Russian army's current winter offensive.
This is what their great commander, who himself has no previous military experience - he has NOT completed his military service - has demanded of them. According to Selensky, retreat is not an option.
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However, the facts in the Donbas speak a completely different language. From north to south along the main battle line, the Russian army's winter offensive is having an effect, and Zelensky's soldiers are having to retreat further and further west.
The troops have withdrawn from numerous other places that were still under the control of Zelensky's army until a few days ago. The town of Bilohorivka in the Luhansk region is interesting: it is the last settlement in Luhansk still held by the Ukrainian national army since the 2014 invasion.
However, the remnants of the invading army there are under massive pressure from the advancing Russian units.
From the town of Mariinka (Donetsk region), from which Zelensky's soldiers completely withdrew a few days ago, the Russian army is advancing along National Road 15 towards Kurakhove and Kurakhivka.
This area is strategically interesting because there are still two intact airfields here. They also form the southernmost part of the Donetsk region, which was occupied by the Ukrainian national army in 2014, and are therefore also of symbolic importance.