Street fighting ongoing in and around Soledar, says Donetsk governor

14 January, 03:45 PM
Shot from a tank in Soledar, January 8, 2023 (Photo:State Border Guard Service Of Ukraine/via REUTERS)

Shot from a tank in Soledar, January 8, 2023 (Photo:State Border Guard Service Of Ukraine/via REUTERS)

Fierce fighting with the Russian invasion forces is ongoing in Soledar in Donetsk Oblast, but the Ukrainian army still controls the town, Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on national television on Jan. 14.

He said the losses of the Russians are massive as "they literally cover their way with bodies of Wagner Group mercenaries or regular army soldiers, depending on who they use at every next wave of the assault."

"Soledar is controlled by Ukraine and our military has it under control,” Kyrylenko said.

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“Still, close combat is ongoing in the town as well as around it, because the enemy is trying to move forward in several directions," he said.

Despite the tense situation, the Ukrainian military has the upper hand there and is taking the necessary steps to stabilize the situation and save personnel, he said.

In the first weeks of 2023, Russia has made major efforts to captured Soledar. But Ukrainian defenders have remained dig in in the town.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence reports that all of Russia’s major reserves have been pulled into the Donetsk section of the front.

A spokesman for the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Serhiy Cherevaty, said that Wagner mercenary company troops and regular army units of various kinds had been sent there.

A Ukrainian soldier with a call sign Madyar reported on Jan. 13 that Ukrainian defenders managed to knock out Russian troops from a number of settlements near Soledar in Donetsk Oblast, where fighting is still going on.

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