Russian Forces want to take control of the supply routes of Ukraine's Armed Forces; the battle for Soledar continues.
The invaders are trying to take control of the supply routes of the Ukrainian servicemen on the Bakhmut front. They also are trying to seize Soledar, and the fighting continues.
Russian forces are focusing their main efforts on attempts to capture Donetsk Oblast completely and is conducting offensive actions on the Bakhmut front. They are trying to take control of the city of Soledar and the supply routes of our units; they are suffering heavy losses, and the fighting is ongoing.
Also, the occupiers are conducting unsuccessful offensive actions on the Avdiivka front. The occupiers are trying to improve their tactical position on the Kupiansk and Novopavlivsk fronts, and on the Lyman, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson fronts, they are on the defensive.
Intense battles in Bakhmut and Soledar. No reasons to believe that Russians will stop – Pentagon.
The US Department of Defence monitors the heavy fighting at Bakhmut and Soledar. The Pentagon believes there is no reason to think that Russia will "slow down", so it is necessary to provide Ukraine with everything necessary to hold the line.
At a briefing on 10 January, Patrick Ryder, Pentagon spokesman, said : "Well, I don't want to speculate. We definitely continue to see very intense fighting near Bakhmut and in the vicinity of Soledar. You know as you've seen, it's been a lot of back and forth, particularly around the Soledar area. We'll continue to keep a close eye on it. But I don't want to speculate at this point what the outcome may be.
Our focus is going to continue to be on supporting Ukraine and providing them with the security assistance they need to defend their country.
And there are a couple of things we do know. Russia has been very clear that – that it intends to continue to try to take and hold Ukrainian territory, as evidenced by its invasion. So we have no reason to believe that they'll let up on the throttle regarding operations.
In the meantime, Ukraine has also been very clear that it intends to defend and take back its territory. And that's where we're focused is making sure that they have what they need to defend their country and to take back their sovereign territory.
So that obviously has to take into account a variety of variables, situations that could happen and -- and when it comes to Russia, we're going to continue to monitor, we're going to continue to work closely with the Ukrainians and the international community, again, to make sure they have what they need to counter that."
Occupiers seek replacements for ZNPP employees who refuse to get Russian passports – General Staff.
The invaders are looking towards Russia to replace 1,500 employees of the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) who have refused to obtain Russian passports.
Russian occupation forces are putting moral and physical pressure on the population of the temporarily occupied and captured territories. For example, almost 1,500 Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant employees who refused to obtain Russian passports and sign an agreement with Rosatom have been deprived of passes and access to the plant.
The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has reported that the occupiers are looking for new employees for the ZNPP in the Russian Federation and are preparing residential buildings for them through the so-called "nationalization" of apartments of locals who fled the area.