KYIV: Ukraine confirmed on Wednesday its troops had withdrawn from Soledar in japanese Ukraine, nearly two weeks after Russian troops stated that they had captured the small salt-mining city.
“With the intention to protect the lives of service personnel, the Defence Forces withdrew from Soledar,” navy spokesman Serhiy Cherevatyi was quoted as saying by state broadcaster Suspilne.
His remarks had been the primary Ukrainian affirmation that Russian forces have captured Soledar, which is within the Donetsk area.
“(Our forces) fulfilled their most important job: not permitting the enemy to systematically break by means of within the Donetsk path,” Cherevatyi was quoted as saying.
He stated Ukraine’s defensive position at Soledar had prevented Russian forces – which invaded Ukraine 11 months in the past – breaking by means of to its rear strains.
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Cherevatyi stated Ukrainian forces had at no level been surrounded in Soledar throughout fierce combating, and that no Ukrainian prisoners of battle had been taken.
Soledar, which had a pre-war inhabitants of 10,000, turned the epicentre of Russia’s assault for a number of weeks at first of January, and fierce battles raged for management.