Russian-Ukrainian War Latest Updates: Fierce Fighting for Soledar
Russian and Ukrainian forces are engaged in a bitter struggle for the salt mining town of Soledar in eastern Ukraine, just 10 km from the strategic town of Bakhmut.
Russia said on Wednesday its units had blocked the city from the north and south, while “assault units are fighting in the city”. The Russian mercenary Wagner Group, meanwhile, said its units had taken control of the city. Ukrainian officials dismissed the allegation, calling it propaganda.
“Heavy fighting continues in Soledar,” Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said in a Telegram post. “After suffering losses, the enemy again proceeded to replace their units, increased the number of Wagnerians, tried to break through the defense of our troops and completely capture the city, but without success.”
Capturing Soledar would mark a symbolic victory for Russia, which has faced a host of battlefield setbacks, though analysts have downplayed its strategic importance.
Here is the latest news on the war and its ripple effects around the world.
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The convicts were apparently sent to some of the most dangerous flashpoints on the front line, and many were killed, reports Mary Ilyushina of The Washington Post. About two dozen of them, initially recruited by the Wagner mercenary group by circumventing Russian law, have now returned home but are likely to return to the front lines within weeks, according to Russia Behind Bars, a prisoners’ rights group.
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