Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu: 'This task has been successfully completed'

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.26 - 2023 8:19 PM CET

'This task has been successfully completed'.

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In a recent statement, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu declared that Moscow's primary objectives in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine over the past year have been successfully achieved.

According to, This announcement comes despite the prolonged and intense nature of the war, with no clear end in sight.

Ukraine's Counteroffensive and Challenges

In early June, Ukraine initiated a counteroffensive in the southern and eastern regions against Russian forces.

This move aimed to replicate the significant territorial gains Ukraine made in late 2022. However, the counteroffensive started later than planned, allowing Russian troops to strengthen their defenses significantly. This delay was partly attributed to the slow arrival of essential Western aid, which impacted the momentum of Ukraine's military operations.

Despite some successes, including reclaiming several villages and executing disruptive missile and drone strikes in Crimea, Ukraine's advances fell short of expectations.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged the slower-than-desired progress, though he refuted any notion of a stalemate in the conflict.

The Battle for Avdiivka and Marinka

A focal point of the conflict has been the Donetsk town of Avdiivka, where Russia has concentrated significant resources and manpower.

Capturing Avdiivka holds both tactical and symbolic importance for Russia. Despite heavy casualties and equipment losses, Russian forces have made incremental progress in this area.

Concurrently, intense fighting has occurred around the town of Marinka, with conflicting reports about control of the town. Ukrainian General Valery Zaluzhnyi indicated that Ukrainian forces had retreated to Marinka's outskirts, though they maintained a presence in the northern part of the town.

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