UPDATE: Russia’s Wagner Group mercenaries reportedly capture Ukraine’s Soledar

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ACCORDING to initial reports from Ukraine, Russian forces comprising the Wagner PMC, the 58th Army and units of the 2nd DNR AK have captured Ukraine’s Soledar hours after claiming Bakhmutske.

UPDATE 3.23 pm (January 6) – Reports from Ukraine suggest that Soledar is now under the control of Russia after Wagner Group mercenaries alongside Russia’s 58th Army and units of the 2nd DNR AK forced Ukrainian soldiers to retreat.

The news comes hours after Russia troops reportedly captured Bakhmutske and were advancing towards the centre of Soledar, a city in Bakhmut Raion, which is located in Donetsk Oblast of Ukraine.

Prominent Twitter account @AZgeopolitics wrote: “⚡️⚡️⚡️🇷🇺⚔️🇺🇦The Soledar Center is under the control of the Wagner PMCs and other divisions.

“AFU is withdrawing en masse, Russian Army troops are moving densely further.⚡️⚡️⚡️”

Another account wrote: “According to archangels, entire central Soledar is taken, ukies ran to the outskirts. This is highly sus.”

Earlier, Semen Pegov’s WarGonzo reported that the Russian army in the Donetsk People’s Republic was advancing towards the centre of Soledar in Ukraine’s Bakhmut Region, following the capture of Bakhmutske, after breaking through the defences of the Ukrainian Armed Forces overnight.

Artur Micek, a military expert, noted that the situation for Ukrainian troops at Sołedar had become very difficult.

“The city is attacked from 3 sides,” he wrote on Twitter.

“For at least 2/3 days there has been a strong pressure of the VDW forces, the Wagnerians, cadre units with the support of tanks and artillery.

“The RUS sent the best units from this section of the front to fight here.”


ORIGINAL 9.59 am (January 6) – According to Russian reports on Friday, January 6, Russia’s troops were able to advance towards the centre of Ukraine’s Soledar after allegedly capturing Bakhmutske.

Claims made by WarGonzo, run by recently injured Semen Pegov, suggested that the Russian army in the Donetsk People’s Republic was able to advance towards the centre of Soledar in Ukraine’s Bakhmut Region following the capture of Bakhmutske after breaking through the defences of the Ukrainian Armed Forces overnight.

“In the course of heavy offensive operations, Russian forces comprising the Wagner PMC, the 58th Army and units of the 2nd DNR AK stormed the key settlement of Bakhmutskoye and, developing the initiative, broke through to the centre of Soledar,” Pegov wrote on his Telegram channel.

Pegov, who was recently awarded the Order of Courage by Russian President Vladimir Putin for his “courage and selflessness”, later added: “Operational sources of the @wargonzo project report that at the moment the Russian Army has taken full control of the residential area from Kosmonautov Street to Telman Street, as well as half of the central Oktyabrskaya Street.

“The enemy is retreating to the north of the city to the strongholds in the area of Yurchina Gora.”

The news outlet said that “the main objective of the Russian troops at the moment is to cut off the supply route of the AFU grouping in Soledar, close off the remaining enemy units without supplies and finally destroy them.”

Following the news, prominent war tracker @wartranslated wrote on Twitter: “There are multiple reports from the Russian side claiming advances of the Russian forces in Soledar after allegedly capturing Bakhmutske last night.

“They claim the Ukrainian forces are falling back to the north of the city.

“Importantly, no evidence so far, only words.”


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