The Russian army took control of two Ukrainian villages and one Russian official in Solidar. And the leader of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, Denis Pushlin, has turned up in the city of Solidar, which Moscow has declared control of more than a week ago and Kyiv still denies having fallen into Russian hands. The separatists also announced that they had taken control of the two villages of Krasnobolovka and Dvorechya, located near Solidar. “The Russian Armed Forces liberated Krasnobolovka and Dvorechye,” two cities located in the region that are strongholds of pro-Russian separatists and are located near Bakhmut, the center of hostilities between Russian and Ukrainian forces for several months in eastern Ukraine, the Donetsk region. The General Staff announced this on Telegram. “I was at Solidar,” Pushlin said Sunday night in a message he posted on Telegram, accompanied by a video clip of him appearing amidst burning buildings and broken windows. Pushlin added that in this city, which had a population of about 11,000 before the war, located north of Bakhmut, “very few inhabitants remained.” The leader of the Wagner group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, had previously appeared with his men in a video clip he said was filmed in the city’s famous salt mines. Ukraine has not yet officially recognized the fall of Solidar, noting that it continues hostilities in its western part. On Monday, the regional administration also reported “active hostilities in the area of Bakhmut and Solidar”, without disclosing details. “The Wagnerites who accompanied us on the trip told us how bloody the fighting here was,” Bushlin added. He accused Ukrainian forces of trying to “destroy the salt mines” in the city, which would theoretically protect the equipment. According to the Russian army, the capture of Solidar opens the way for the encirclement of the neighboring city of Bakhmut, which Moscow has been trying to take control of since the summer and in which fierce fighting has been taking place between the two sides. In turn, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said yesterday morning that the supply of dozens of tanks by the West to the Ukrainian army would not radically change the combat and military situation. Zelensky said in an exclusive interview with the German ARD that “when we are confronted by a Russian army with a thousand tanks, there is not a single country that would decide to provide 10 tanks, or 20, or 50 tanks to solve the problem. Zelensky considered that the western move was aimed generally at “motivating” the Ukrainian armed forces. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that any arms shipments to Ukrainian territory would become “legitimate targets” for Russian troops. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: The supply of weapons to Ukraine is not conducive to the success of peace talks and will have a detrimental effect on the conflict German Foreign Minister Analina Bierbock said in turn that her country is ready to allow Poland to send Leopard tanks to Ukraine. This situation increases pressure on Chancellor Olaf Schulz, who does not yet want to make a decision on this issue.The German government is under increasing pressure to supply Ukraine with Leopard tanks, which could have a significant impact on the battlefield against Russian troops.“If we were asked a question, we would not object” to the supply to Kyiv these German-made tanks, said a minister belonging to the Green Party, part of a government coalition with liberals and social democrats led by Schultz. . And the minister added during an interview in Paris to the French channel LCE that “at present the question is not asked” by Poland, which should send an official request to Berlin. However, the final decision in this matter remains with Schultz, who so far refuses to comment on the issue of indirect deliveries of these tanks. He did not comment on the issue of sending Leopard tanks directly from the German warehouse. Shortly after Burbock’s interview, German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius, in turn, said in an interview with the German ARD channel that the decision in this context “depends on many factors and is made in the office.” Pistorius, a democratic socialist like Schultz, was not asked about Burbock’s statements. This is not the first time that Green ministers in the government, Burbock in particular, have taken a more active stance than the chancellor himself on military support for Ukraine. In recent weeks, several Green Party figures have been pushing for Schultz to agree to supply tanks to Kyiv. At a meeting on Friday at the US base in Ramstein, Germany, Ukraine’s Western allies refused to make any decisions on the matter, angering Kyiv, which criticized their “indecisiveness.” And on Sunday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said he was waiting for a “direct declaration” from Berlin that would allow the delivery of Leopard tanks, believing that “Germany’s position is unacceptable.” “Innocent people die every day,” he told a Polish news agency.