Soledar, Ukraine. Russian mercenaries under fire. Recording published by Ukrainians
The Ukrainian border guard published a drone recording on Wednesday, which, as it claims, shows Russian mercenaries from the so-called Wagner Group who came under fire from Ukrainians during the fighting for Soledar in the Donetsk region. The material was supposed to be created in early January.
In a message posted on the website of the State Border Guard Ukraine, whose units “perform combat missions in the direction of Bakhmut”, it was reported that border guards detected a group of Russian infantry attacking Ukrainian positions in Soledar during air reconnaissance. “The border guards transmitted information about the movement of enemy troops to the command of the defense forces and monitored their activities in real time” – added.
While approaching the Ukrainian positions, Russian mercenaries from the so-called Wagner Group got caught in the crossfire. “Fire from heavy machine guns pinned the enemy to the ground and caused him losses. The repulse of the occupiers ended with an accurate artillery strike” – it was written.
The announcement was accompanied by a drone video showing the entire incident. The Reuters agency, which also provided fragments of the material, confirmed its location by comparing the fragments of buildings and infrastructure visible in the recording with satellite photos of Sołedar. However, Reuters failed to verify the date of creation of the video.
Fighting for Sołedar
The Russians claim that on Wednesday, January 10, they managed to take control of Soledar. These claims are rejected by the Ukrainian side, and this is not confirmed by the Americans either.
“After suffering losses, the enemy once again rotated his troops. By increasing the number of Wagnerians, he tries to break the defense of our troops and completely capture the city, but to no avail,” wrote Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine Hanna Malar in Telegram. According to her words, “heavy fighting is taking place in Sołedar”.
Earlier, the spokesman for the Eastern Grouping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Serhiy Cherevaty, said that the Russian statements about the capture of Soledar were not true.
In the opinion of the Ukrainian military expert, Colonel Roman Svitan, the situation in Soledar is very difficult, but the development of events in this town will probably turn out to be favorable for the Ukrainian army. According to Switan, the fighting is currently taking place in an area equal to about a third of the area of Sołedar, but in the near future the enemy attack on this town should be stopped. The Ukrainian garrison in the city has been strengthened, and additional motorized infantry units are being transferred there, the expert pointed out.
Reuters, State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, PAP
Main photo source: DPSUkr
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