February 8, 2023

A Ukrainian soldier had a live grenade surgically removed from his torso.

The experienced medical surgeon, Major General Andriy Verba from Vinnytsia, carried out the daring operation in the company of two soldiers, knowing that the explosive could go off at any moment.

The doctor was unable to perform electrocoagulation surgery, which uses heat to control bleeding and destroy abnormal tissue, for fear of an explosion.

The soldier had a VOG grenade embedded in his torso, which is fired from a grenade launcher attached to the underbarrel of an assault rifle.

Major General Andriy Verba is shown holding a grenade after surgery to remove it from the torso of a Ukrainian soldier.

The weapons were first seen by the West during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and are effective up to around 400m.

The operation to remove the grenade was successful and the wounded soldier is undergoing rehabilitation.

Serhii Borzov, governor of Vinnytsia Oblast, said: ‘It’s a shock. Our military doctors conducted an operation to extract an unexploded VOG grenade from the body of a military man.

“It was removed in the presence of two sappers who ensured the safety of the medical personnel.”

Andriy Verba is one of the most decorated military surgeons in Ukraine, having received the state awards of Honorary Doctor of Ukraine and Doctor of Medical Sciences.

The soldier had a VOG grenade embedded in his torso, which is fired from a grenade launcher attached to the underbarrel of an assault rifle.

The soldier had a VOG grenade embedded in his torso, which is fired from a grenade launcher attached to the underbarrel of an assault rifle.

He has been based in Donbas since 2014 and thousands of field operations have been carried out under his leadership.

It comes as Russian troops intensify their assault on the small salt-mining town of Soledar in eastern Ukraine, forcing Ukrainian troops to repel waves of attacks led by mercenary forces, officials in Kyiv said.

The corpses of Russian soldiers are ‘covering the ground’ and ‘no life is left’ amid fierce fighting, President Volodymyr Zelensky said last night.

Everything in the city is “completely destroyed,” with no standing walls and the corpses of invading Russian soldiers rotting in the streets, Zelensky said.

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Ukraine’s military claimed today that 710 of Vladimir Putin’s men had been killed in one day of the war in another setback in the barbarian invasion of Russia.

But Britain’s Defense Ministry said today that Russian soldiers and forces from Putin’s Wagner contract group likely now controlled most of the salt mining town after advances in the past four days.

Seizing Soledar would be advantageous to Russian forces as they fight for control of the town of Bakhmut, a few miles to the southwest, where troops on both sides have suffered heavy losses in some of the most intense trench warfare since Russia invaded Ukraine. almost 11 years ago. Months ago.

It would also give Russia a welcome battlefield victory after a series of setbacks in recent months.

Ukrainian military medics carry a wounded Ukrainian serviceman evacuated from the battlefield to a hospital in the Donetsk region yesterday.

Ukrainian military medics carry a wounded Ukrainian serviceman evacuated from the battlefield to a hospital in the Donetsk region yesterday.

Ukrainian soldiers fire at Russian positions from a US-supplied M777 howitzer in the Kherson region

Ukrainian soldiers fire at Russian positions from a US-supplied M777 howitzer in the Kherson region

Soledar, in the industrial Donbas region, lies just nine miles from Bakhmut, where troops on both sides have suffered heavy losses in some of the most intense trench warfare since Russia invaded Ukraine in February last year.

Soledar, in the industrial Donbas region, lies just nine miles from Bakhmut, where troops on both sides have suffered heavy losses in some of the most intense trench warfare since Russia invaded Ukraine in February last year.

In Soledar, once a bustling salt mining town in eastern Ukraine, the ground is now scarred by a relentless stream of missiles and gunfire as Russian forces try to seize control of the nearby and key town of Bakhmut.  Pictured: A Ukrainian tank fires on Russian soldiers sheltering near a building in the destroyed town of Soledar.

In Soledar, once a bustling salt mining town in eastern Ukraine, the ground is now scarred by a relentless stream of missiles and gunfire as Russian forces try to seize control of the nearby and key town of Bakhmut. Pictured: A Ukrainian tank fires on Russian soldiers sheltering near a building in the destroyed town of Soledar.

“It is highly likely that Russia’s Soledar axis is an effort to encircle Bakhmut from the north and to disrupt Ukrainian lines of communication,” Britain’s Defense Ministry said briefly in an intelligence statement.

Serhiy Cherevaty, a spokesman for the eastern Ukrainian forces, told Ukrainian television that Russian forces were deploying their best Wagner fighters to Soledar, which had been hit 86 times by artillery in the past 24 hours.

He said that Russia was using World War I-style tactics, throwing large numbers of men into battle and absorbing heavy losses.

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“Basically, this is not a 21st century war,” he said.

Prominent journalist Yuriy Butusov, who is embedded with Ukrainian troops in Soledar, wrote for the online outlet New Voice that Russian forces had established a control fire on the main Ukrainian supply route to the city.

“This is not a complete encirclement, but normal supply along the route is impossible (and) this is critical for the defense,” he said.

Staff carry out work at the scene following a Russian attack on the territory of the market in Kharkiv's Shevchenkove village yesterday.

Staff carry out work at the scene following a Russian attack on the territory of the market in Kharkiv’s Shevchenkove village yesterday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his late-night video address Monday that Bakhmut and Soledar were holding on despite widespread destruction.

He cited new and more ferocious attacks in Soledar, where he said no walls were left standing and the ground was littered with Russian corpses.

Bakhmut lies on a strategic supply line between the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which make up the Donbas. Gaining control could give Russia a springboard to advance into two larger cities: Kramatorsk and Sloviansk.

The Russian Defense Ministry did not mention either Soledar or Bakhmut at a press conference on Monday.

Wagner was founded by Yevgeny Prigozhin, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Drawing some recruits from Russia’s prisons and known for his uncompromising violence, he is active in conflicts in Africa and has taken a leading role in Russia’s war effort in Ukraine.

Prigozhin has been trying to capture Bakhmut and Soledar for months at the cost of many lives on both sides.

He said on Saturday that its importance lies in a network of cavernous mining tunnels underground, which can house troops or tanks.

Ukrainian military analyst Oleh Zhdanov said the fighting at Bahkmut and Soledar was “the most intense on the entire front.”

A view shows the rubble of a destroyed building that was supposedly a vocational school used as temporary housing for Russian soldiers.

A view shows the rubble of a destroyed building that was supposedly a vocational school used as temporary housing for Russian soldiers.

“So many are left on the battlefield… either dead or wounded,” he said on YouTube. ‘They attack our positions in waves, but the wounded usually die where they lie, either from exposure, as it is very cold, or from loss of blood.’

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Reuters was unable to verify the reports from the battlefield.

At an evacuation center in Kramatorsk, Olha, 60, said she had fled Soledar after moving from apartment to apartment as each one was destroyed in tank battles.

Not a single house remains intact. The apartments were burning, splitting in half,” said Olha, who gave only his first name.

Ukrainian officials, led by Commander-in-Chief General Valery Zaluzhniy, have warned that Russia is preparing new troops for a new offensive in Ukraine, possibly in the capital Kyiv.

Zelensky has repeatedly urged Ukraine’s Western supporters to supply more sophisticated weapons to help repel attacks and eventually drive out Russian troops.

“The world knows that every day of Russian presence on Ukrainian soil means death, injury, pain and suffering of people,” he wrote in a Telegram message Tuesday morning, below photos of Ukrainian soldiers.

“Ukraine must get everything it needs to drive the terrorists off our land and to reliably protect our people from any Russian escalation plans.”

France, Germany and the United States pledged last week to send armored fighting vehicles. Britain is considering supplying Ukraine with tanks for the first time, Sky News reported, citing a Western source. Britain’s Defense Ministry had no comment.

Russia launched what it calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24, citing threats to its own security and the need to protect Russian-speakers. Ukraine and its allies accuse Moscow of an unprovoked war to seize territory.

Moscow has also portrayed the conflict as a fight between Russia and hostile Western nations.

“The events in Ukraine are not a confrontation between Moscow and Kyiv, it is a military confrontation between Russia and NATO, and above all between the United States and Great Britain,” Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said on Tuesday.

“The plans of the Westerners are to continue to separate Russia and eventually wipe it off the political map of the world,” Patrushev, one of Putin’s closest allies, told the Argumenti i Fakti newspaper in an interview.