According to him, this is the direction that has already made it possible to block the enemy's supply routes.

“Of course, it made it possible, somewhere in some part, to take under operational control areas from which very serious retaliatory actions were taken by the enemy,” TASS quotes him.

On January 17, the Headquarters of the Territorial Defense of the DPR confirmed the liberation of Soledar by Russian troops.

On January 20, Pushilin stated that the liberation of Kleshcheevka had radically improved the position of Russian forces near Soledar.