The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the Russian military on the evening of January 12 allegedly «took control» Soledar Donetsk region. «Interfax» writes about this.
The Ministry of Defense of the occupying country stated that “full control over Soledar allows cutting off the supply routes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Artemovsk (Bakhmut. – ed.), blocking and taking in «boiler» the armies of Ukraine remaining in it.”
In turn, the speaker of the Eastern Group of Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Serhiy Cherevaty, denied Russia's statement about «capture» Soledar, RBC-Ukraine reports.
«No, this is not true. Fights are going on in the city», — Cherevaty told the publication, thus refuting the statements of the Russian Federation.
However, he did not disclose details for security reasons.
- In the morning summary, ISW analysts suggested that Russian invaders probably captured the city of Soledar. However, they stressed that this would not lead to Bakhmut's encirclement.