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Russia renews attempt to take town of Soledar near Bakhmut

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Commander of the Ukrainian army, Col. Gen. Oleksandr Syrskyi, gives instructions in a shelter in Soledar, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, on Sunday, January 8.Commander of the Ukrainian army, Col. Gen. Oleksandr Syrskyi, gives instructions in a shelter in Soledar, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, on Sunday, January 8. (Roman Chop/AP)

Russian troops are producing one more attempt to progress on the little city of Soledar close to Bakhmut in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk area, Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar claimed on Telegram Monday.

“After an unsuccessful [previous] try to seize Soledar and retreat, the enemy regrouped, restored losses, deployed additional assault units, transformed practices and launched a strong assault,” Maliar claimed. “At the minute, the enemy has engaged a significant variety of assault groups formed from the greatest reserves of the Wagner’s troops. The enemy is advancing basically on the corpses of their have troopers, massively using artillery, many rocket launchers and mortars, masking even their individual fighters with fireplace.”

“Heavy fighting proceeds appropriate at this minute,” she additional.

Before on Monday, Serhii Cherevatyi, a Ukrainian army spokesperson, informed Ukrainian Tv set that Russia experienced “managed to concentrate much more of its units” about Soledar and was deploying the two “regular” troops and mercenaries doing work for the non-public sector team Wagner there.

The head of the Wagner group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, explained Sunday that one of the factors he wanted to consider about Bakhmut and Soledar in purchase to regulate the program of mines in that area, which he described as “a community of underground towns.”

Cherevatyi, spokesperson for Eastern Group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said they had been striving to evacuate civilians from Soledar but not everybody was ready to depart.

“Soledar is actually ruined,” he claimed. “There are people there. Every little thing is remaining accomplished to evacuate them. It is challenging to communicate about the figures now. There is a portion of people today, especially the older generation, who have a excellent worry of change, of leaving their properties and to shift someplace. We are communicating with them, but not normally anyone agrees [to leave].”

On Sunday night, President Volodymr Zelensky explained that Soledar was “holding out” but it was “extremely tricky.”

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