Ukraine denies Russia controls Soledar, says fighting is intense

Ukraine’s deputy defence minister says Russian forces are trying without success to break through defensive lines to capture Soledar as fierce fighting rages on.

The eastern Ukrainian city of Solentar “is and will always be Ukrainian,” the Ukrainian military announced.

The announcement came shortly after the Russian mercenary group Wagner indicated that it controls the town located 15 kilometers from Bakhmut, a Ukrainian city that Russian forces have been trying to capture since last summer.

“Soledar is and will always be Ukrainian!” the Ukrainian military announced on Telegram, clarifying that it is “not true” that Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin could be found inside the salt mines of the city of Soledar, as claimed by a photo of the state agency news of Russia RIA Novosti.