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Russia claims victory in bloody battle to control Ukrainian city of Soledor

  • Will Vernon in Moscow and Paul Kirby in London
  • BBC News

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As this satellite image taken on Tuesday shows, Soledar has been damaged by Russian bombing.

Russia’s defense ministry said it had taken control of the Ukrainian city of Soledor after a long battle, calling it a “significant” step in its offensive.

“On the night of January 12, the liberation of the city of Soledar was completed, which is important for the successful continuation of offensive operations in the Donetsk direction,” the ministry said in a statement published by Telegram.

This victory would allow the Russian troops Move towards the nearby town of BaJMutt Isolate Ukrainian forces there, a spokesman added.

It’s a very strong and ambitious statement from Moscow, but Ukrainian officials say the fight for Solidar is still ongoing and He blamed Russia Do “Information Noise”.