Ukrainian troops, probably, left the city of Soledar and continue to defend themselves from Russian invaders in the vicinity of Bakhmut. This is stated in the intelligence report of the UK Department of Defense.
Intelligence suggests that by the end of January 16, Ukrainian troops probably left the city of Soledar in the Donbass, leaving control over it to Russian invaders and terrorists from PMCs « ;Wagner». However, Bakhmut remains under the control of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
«The Russian offensive against Soledar mainly consisted of Wagner forces and was an auxiliary operation aimed at eventually capturing a larger populated Bakhmut point. One of Ukraine's two main supply routes to Bakhmut is now under increasing pressure», — The report says.
Published images show that since the beginning of January 2023, the south and east of Bakhmut continue to be subjected to intense artillery shelling. They also testify to the continued defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Bakhmut.