The Ukrainian army has claimed a combined attack using rocket launchers and special forces has managed to take out a large group of Russian forces during the battle for Soledar.
It is reported that Ukrainian artillery used a soviet-era missile to target a group of Russian soldiers who had gathered near the town.
The Kremlin has claimed to have captured the town, famous for its massive salt mines, earlier this week.
Ukrainian officials denied Russian claims that Soledar had fallen but the Wagner Group’s owner repeated the assertion of a breakthrough late Wednesday.
“Once again I want to confirm the complete liberation and cleansing of the territory of Soledar from units of the Ukrainian army,” Yevgeny Prigozhin wrote on his Russian social media platform.
“Civilians were withdrawn. Ukrainian units that did not want to surrender were destroyed.” He claimed about 500 people were killed and that “the whole city is littered with the corpses of Ukrainian soldiers.”
Ukraine’s military said late Wednesday that Russian forces had suffered “huge losses” in the Soledar fighting.
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