Military expert Roman Svitan is sure that the Armed Forces of the Luhansk Region have a few kilometers left to advance, and then the Russian troops will be forced to retreat from Kreminnaya in the direction of Rubizhny.

Svitan expressed this opinion in an interview with Dmytro Gordon.

A military expert commented on why Ukrainian troops failed to liberate Kreminna in early January.


We could have taken Kreminna even earlier, before the New Year

. There was a moment related to our certain actions... Only we weren't supposed to take Kreminna itself - we were supposed to cut the supply lines, that is, take Kreminna itself almost completely surrounded. But to enter from the south. Not from the north, as we are now crossing and exit to Chervonopivka, but to enter from the south. Yes, somewhere on the 5th (January - ed.). But it didn't work out," said Svitan.

He noted that the Russian invaders mined everything "along and across" in this area.

At the same time, the expert expressed his belief that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will free both Kreminna and Svatov from the enemy.

He also described a scenario in which this could happen.


We will definitely take not only Kreminna and Svatovo

. With Svatov, it's easier here. Now we go through Kuzemivka: a little further south, north of Svatovo, we cut the main road from Valuyki. After we cut it, only one road will remain: to Starobilsk . And we will also approach it. That is

, we will simply push out the Svatovo garrison

 - and they will leave Svatovo," said the expert.

As for Kreminnaya, according to Svitan, the occupiers will have to leave there in accordance with the rules of war.

According to the expert, the Armed Forces will take Kreminna in a vice from the south and the north.

In addition, from Chervonopivka, which is in the north, the defenders can go immediately to Rubizhne. 

"This is the most optimal option. We cross the same road there and back. And to Kreminna, and from Kreminna to Rubizhne. And from the south we will push. That is

, regarding Kreminna, we can say that the issue has been resolved

," Svitan said.

He added that Kreminna is located "in the most inconvenient position" in the agglomeration of Kreminna, Rubizhny, Severodonetsk and Lysychansk.

Therefore, it will be difficult for the enemy to defend the bridge if the Armed Forces approach it.  

"And they will go. That is, there are still a few kilometers left before the Kreminnaya garrison decides to go to Rubizhne," the expert assessed. 

It will be recalled that at the beginning of December 2022, the head of the Luhansk OVA, Serhii Gaidai, expressed expectations that Kreminnaya would be released before the new year.

He also predicted that at the end of winter, the Armed Forces of Ukraine will be able to reach the demarcation line of 2014 in Luhansk region, and during 2023 - to liberate the entire region.

As of January 31, the situation near Kreminnaya was the most difficult in Luhansk region.

Roman Vlasenko, the head of the Severodonetsk regional administration, informed about this.

According to him, the front line was practically unchanged, but the Armed Forces of Ukraine had a certain advance in the direction of Svatovo.

It should be noted that Mykola Malomuzh, an ex-director of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, named Kramatorsk, Avdiivka, Bakhmut, Novopavlivka, Soledar and Kreminna as particularly difficult areas on the front.

According to him, these areas will be decisive for the defense of Donbas.

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