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“No one is counting the dead” in the besieged eastern Ukrainian city of Soledor, a soldier tells CNN.

Russia is trying to capture the eastern city of Soledor 2:23

A Ukrainian soldier fighting in the eastern Ukrainian city of Soledor told CNN the situation was “critical” and that the death toll was now “not counting the dead.”

A member of the 46th Air Mobile Squadron leads the Ukrainian fight to capture Solader in the face of a massive assault by Russian troops and Wagner’s mercenaries.

CNN is not identifying him for security reasons.

“The situation is critical. It is difficult. We are holding on to the last,” said the soldier.

The man described a dynamic battlefield where buildings changed hands every day and units could not keep track of the mounting death toll. “Nobody will say how many people are dead and injured. Because no one knows for sure. Not a single person,” he said. “Not at headquarters. Nowhere. They keep taking positions and retaking them. Today it was our house, the next day it was Wagner’s house.

“In Soledar, no one counts the dead,” he added.

The soldier said it was unclear as of Tuesday night how much of the city remained in Russian hands.

“No one can say for sure who went where, who has what, because no one knows for sure. There is a big gray area in the city that everyone claims to control, [pero] This is pure exaggeration,” he added.

The Ukrainians have lost many troops in Solader, but the ranks are replenished as the fight for the mining town continues, he said: “The personnel of our units is almost half renewed, more or less. We don’t even have time to memorize each other’s call signs. [cuando llega nuevo personal]”.

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The soldier asked why he believed Ukraine’s military leaders would eventually abandon the fight for Soledar, and why they had not yet done so. “Everyone understands that the city will be abandoned. Everyone understands this,” he said. “I want to understand what is the point [de pelear casa por casa]. Why die if we’re going to give up today or tomorrow anyway?

Some context: The 46th Air Mobile Brigade said on its Telegram channel on Tuesday that the situation in Solidar was “extremely difficult, but manageable.”

In his evening speech, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the soldiers of the brigade “for their courage and perseverance in defending Solidar.”

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