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Ukrainian Army Chief of Staff Col. Gen. Oleksandr Chirsky gives instructions at a shelter in Solader, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Sunday, Jan. 8. (Roman Sapp/AP)

Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said in a telegram on Monday that Russian troops are making a new attempt to advance on the small town of Soledar near Pakmut in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region.

After a failed attempt [anterior] “After the capture of Solidar, which ended in retreat, the enemy regrouped, recovered losses, deployed additional assault units, changed tactics and launched a powerful attack,” Malier said. “The best reserves of Wagner’s troops. Using massive artillery, multiple rocket launchers and mortars, the enemy is actually advancing the corpses of their own soldiers.” , covering even their own fighters with fire.”

“Intensive fighting is currently going on,” he said.

Earlier this Monday, Ukrainian military spokesman Serhii Cherevatyi told Ukrainian TV that Russia had “managed to concentrate more units” around Soledor, stationing there both “regular” troops and mercenaries working for the group from the private sector Wagner. .

Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of Wagner Group, said on Sunday that one of the reasons he wanted to take over Bagmut and Soledor was to control the mining system in the area, which he described as a “network of underground cities”.

Cherevatyi, a spokesman for the Eastern Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said they were trying to evacuate civilians from Soledar, but not all of them were ready to leave.

“Soledar was literally destroyed,” he said. “There are residents. Everything possible is being done to evict them. Now it is difficult to talk about numbers. One area of ​​people who are most afraid of change, especially the older generation, is to leave their homes and leave. We communicate with them, but not always everyone agrees. [en marcharse]”.

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On Sunday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Soledar was “resisting” but that it was “very difficult”.

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