Russian war of aggression
Fighting for Soledar in eastern Ukraine continues
Fierce fighting continues in Ukraine over the strategically important city of Soledar. Kyiv denies claims by the Russian side that the place has fallen.
Bloody battles for the Ukrainian city Soledar in the Donetsk region continue, according to data from Moscow and Kyiv. “More than 100 Russians were sent to hell at once in the Soledar region,” the Ukrainian military command said in Kyiv on Thursday. The Ukrainian armed forces killed more than 100 Russian fighters and destroyed their equipment thanks to coordinated work with artillery and missile troops, it said. The information could not initially be verified independently. Ukraine had previously denied Russian claims that Soledar had already been taken.
The Kremlin in Moscow had spoken of “positive dynamics” but stated that it would wait for official confirmation of the acquisition of Soledar. The head of the Russian paramilitary organization “Wagner”, Yevgeny Prigozhin, however, claimed that the city had been conquered. At the same time, he explained that the area was still being “cleansed” of the remnants of the Ukrainian army.
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“The civilians were brought out, the fighters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces who did not want to go into captivity were killed. About 500 people were killed,” Prigozhin claimed. Now it is a question of “cleaning up” the salt mines, in which Ukrainian soldiers are said to have holed up, he said.
The private “Wagner” group led by Prigozhin claims alongside the Russian military decisive battle successes for himself again and again. Russian military bloggers reported that Ukrainian forces still controlled parts of Soledar’s western districts and were “desperately” defending them. The aim is to break the resistance completely on Thursday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy does not want to give up the city. “The front in the Donetsk region is holding,” he said in his video speech on Wednesday evening. “The fights are moving forward and we are doing everything we can to strengthen Ukraine’s defences.”