Day 322 of the Invasion of Ukraine: Russia claims Soledar is Now under their Control
Here are the highlights of events related to the war in Ukraine over the past 24 hours:
Soledar in eastern Ukraine is now under Russian control
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky revoked the citizenship of four people whom he accused of treason in favor of Russia. Meanwhile, it became clear that the city of Soledar, for which fierce battles were fought, was now under Russian control.
The entire territory of Soledar has been taken under the control of "Wagner" fighters, the head of the Russian military group Yevgeny Prigozhin announced on Telegram. He specified that battles are taking place in the center of the city with surrounded fighters and the number of captured Ukrainian soldiers will be announced later.
Last night, Russian forces bombed Kharkiv, a few hours after the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock's visit there, the regional governor announced.
In Kyiv, President Volodymyr Zelensky appealed to allies for more weapons. He announced that he had revoked the Ukrainian citizenship of Viktor Medvedchuk, a businessman close to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he accused along with three others of treason in favor of Russia.
Medvedchuk, 68, who spent more than 20 years protecting Putin's interests in Ukraine, was handed over to Russia in a prisoner swap last year after spending more than five months in Ukrainian custody. Medvedchuk is also subject to American and British sanctions.
The Pentagon said that starting next week, Ukrainian military personnel will be trained at a military base in the state of Oklahoma on how to handle Patriot air defense systems.
At the end of last year, Washington informed that they will deliver the systems that Kyiv has been demanding for a long...