Kramatorsk, Ukraine: Russia mentioned Friday its forces had wrested management of the war-scarred city of Soledar in east Ukraine, its first declare of victory in months of battlefield setbacks, however Ukraine mentioned there was no takeover.
Each side have conceded heavy losses within the battle for the salt mining outpost, with Moscow determined to promote any win again dwelling after repeated humiliations and Ukraine decided to carry — and win again — floor.
The Russian defence ministry introduced it had “accomplished the liberation” of Soledar late yesterday and that the victory would pave the way in which for extra “profitable offensive operations” within the Donetsk area.
Moscow has made the entire seize of Donetsk its major army goal after it claimed late final 12 months to have annexed the area into Russia.
Kyiv dismissed Russia’s announcement and mentioned “extreme combating” was ongoing in Soledar, the place buildings have been diminished to rubble since turning into the battle’s epicentre.
“Ukraine’s armed forces have the scenario below management in troublesome circumstances,” Sergiy Cherevaty, a army spokesman mentioned on Ukrainian tv. Moscow’s announcement got here because the UN Safety Council was making ready to fulfill to debate the battle.
Ukraine’s Deputy Defence Minister Ganna Malyar mentioned earlier that Russia had moved most of its forces round Donetsk to seize Soledar, conceding “It is a troublesome section of the battle”.