January 9, 2023 News of Russia and Ukraine

Ukraine’s army chief, Col. Oleksandr Sersky, gives instructions at a bunker in Soledar, in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, Sunday, Jan. 8. (Roman Chop/AP)

Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said on Monday that Russian forces are making another attempt to advance in the small town of Soledar near Pakhmut in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region.

“After a failure [previous] “In an attempt to capture Solidar and retreat, the enemy regrouped, recovered its losses, deployed additional offensive units, changed tactics and launched a powerful attack,” Maliar said. For the time being, the enemy was engaged by a large number of assault groups formed from the best reserves of Wagner’s forces. The enemy is literally advancing on the corpses of his soldiers, widely using artillery, multiple rocket launchers and mortars, covering even his fighters with fire.

“Heavy fighting continues at this moment,” she added.

Earlier on Monday, Serhiy Chervaty, a Ukrainian military spokesman, told Ukrainian television that Russia “managed to concentrate more of its units” around Solidar and deploy “regular” forces and mercenaries working for the privately-owned Wagner Group there.

The head of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said on Sunday that one of the reasons he wanted to take over Bakhmut and Solidar was in order to control the mine system in that region, which he described as a “network of underground cities.”

They were trying to evacuate civilians from Solidar, but not everyone was ready to leave, said Chervaty, a spokesman for the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

“I really destroyed Solidar,” he said. “There are residents there. Everything is being done to evacuate them. It’s hard to talk about numbers now. There is a part of people, especially the older generation, who have a great fear of change, of leaving their homes and moving somewhere. We communicate with them, but not everyone always agrees [to leave]. “

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Sunday evening President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Solidar was “steadfast” but “extremely tough”.

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