Disputed small city – Kiev: Heavy Russian casualties at Soledar

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The Ukrainian General Staff announced in its morning situation report on Thursday that the Russian army had suffered heavy casualties in attacks on the town of Soledar in the Donbass and on supply lines. The report published on Facebook (post below) mentioned tanks and artillery in the Soledar area.

According to Donetsk governor Pavlo Kyrylenko, 559 civilians – including 15 children – are still holding out in the small town. Due to the heavy fighting, evacuation is currently impossible. Before the war, 10,500 people lived in the city in eastern Ukraine.

On Wednesday, the situation at the front around the embattled town continued to deteriorate. Ukraine contradicted Russian statements that the strategically important place had fallen to enemy forces. “The Russians say Soledar is under their control. That is not true,” said Serhiy Cherevatyy, spokesman for the Eastern Group of the Ukrainian army.

doubts about conquest
On Tuesday, the head of Russia’s Wagner mercenary force, Yevgeny Prigozhin, claimed Soledar was nearly captured and about 500 Ukrainian soldiers were detained. At the same time, Prigozhin also spoke of ongoing fighting in the city center. Which indicated that Soledar was not fully under Russian control. The American think tank Institute for the Study of War is also convinced that Russia has not conquered the city.

Kiev: Enemy ignores heavy losses
Ukraine’s defense ministry tweeted late Tuesday: “Even after colossal losses, Russia is still frantically trying to capture Soledar – home to Europe’s largest salt mine.” Deputy Defense Secretary Hanna Maliar said the battle for Soledar is still raging. The enemy ignores the heavy casualties of their units and continues to attack, she said.

Source: Krone

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