Human wave attacks, criminals used as cannon fodder and tens of thousands dead: How Putin ‘won’ the Battle of Soledar in Ukraine at a massive cost in human lives

After months of stalemate in the battle for Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, Russia has a victory to celebrate.    

The town of Soledar has fallen to the Kremlin’s forces – but the win has been brutal, bloody, caused in-fighting in the Kremlin, and is far from the breakthrough that Moscow claims.

Chris Pleasance’s video guide explains how tens of thousands of soldiers died after being used as canon fodder in pointless human wave attacks, froze to death in their trenches or were slaughtered in hellish artillery barrages.   

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