There are no signs of an imminent retreat of Ukrainian forces from Soledar, Donetsk Oblast, CNN on-the-ground reporters said on Jan. 11.
“We’re about five miles, seven kilometers, from the site where this battle is raging,” CNN’s Ben Wedeman said.
“You can hear artillery – most of it outgoing in the direction of the town.”
The CNN team reports that a few kilometers from the front line, Ukrainian troops remain calm and continue performing their maintenance and logistics duties, with no sign of an imminent retreat.
Journalists also noted that there were numerous military and medical vehicles from Poland, France, the US, and the UK near the frontline.
This report refutes Russian claims of conquering Soledar following days of intense fighting.
At the same time, one of the soldiers told CNN in a commentary that the situation in the city is “very difficult,” and that the next day or two will be critical in determining which side would ultimately control Soledar.
“It is tough here, but we are more alive than anyone else,” said the soldier, whose name is withheld for security reasons.
He also urged CNN’s audience not to believe the words of owner of Russia’s Wagner private military company, Yevgeny Prigozhin, who claimed to have taken control of Soledar.
The soldier added that if Ukrainian troops hold their positions in the near future, his unit will be able to retreat safely. He said that the Russians are jamming Ukrainian communications, which makes coordination extremely difficult.