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‘Fighting for every house’ - Soldiers speak out after taking control of Soledar *EXCLUSIVE*06:37

‘Fighting for every house’ - Soldiers speak out after taking control of Soledar *EXCLUSIVE*

Donetsk People's Republic, Soledar
January 20, 2023 at 07:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

A film crew, accompanied by Russian soldiers, visited Soledar on Wednesday, in the aftermath of a battle, and spoke with the soldiers who now had control of the town.

Footage shows destroyed residential buildings and garages, the damaged Artemsol plant, which produces and sells table salt, cars with broken windows and craters in the asphalt. Artillery can also be heard.

"Now not far from us, our tank is working, our mortars are working on the enemy, also, respectively, the enemy is working here, artillery is working, mortars are working," explained a member of the Wagner PMC.

The commander of the PMC unit, whose call sign is Shef, noted that 'the fighting was literally for every house'.

"There were episodes when the first, second floor was under our control, the third [floor was under the control] of the enemy, that is, the enemy did not want to surrender," he added.

The soldiers also described the fighting for the city.

"The task was to get a grip on the Sol station in order to tie up the enemy forces with combat and prevent the transfer of reserves to the town of Soledar, that is, other units entered the town of Soledar itself and tried to surround it, respectively, and we also blockaded the town from the northern side, the northern quarters," the commander said.

Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov stated on January 13, that the 'liberation' of the city of Soledar in the Donetsk People's Republic was completed the night before. The department added that the storming of the city blocks 'was successfully resolved by the courageous and selfless actions of the volunteers of the Wagner PMC assault squads'.

Ukrainian Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar wrote on her official Telegram channel on January 15 that the 'fighting continues'.

There have been no official comments from Ukraine on the surrender of Soledar.

The Ukrainian Defence Ministry's daily report on Wednesday said that "on the Bakhmut direction, 13 settlements - Verkhnekamenskoye, Belogorovka, Veseloye, Soledar, Krasnaya Gora, Bakhmut, Kleshcheevka, Kurdyumovka and Druzhba of Donetsk Region - have been hit by shelling".

On September 30, President Vladimir Putin agreed to sign documents allowing the accession of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), as well as the regions of Kherson and Zaporozhye, to the Russian Federation.

According to Moscow, the move followed referenda in which people living in those areas exercised their right to self-determination and requested to join Russia.

Ukraine and its international allies condemned the move, calling it an annexation of Kiev’s sovereign territory.

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A film crew, accompanied by Russian soldiers, visited Soledar on Wednesday, in the aftermath of a battle, and spoke with the soldiers who now had control of the town.

Footage shows destroyed residential buildings and garages, the damaged Artemsol plant, which produces and sells table salt, cars with broken windows and craters in the asphalt. Artillery can also be heard.

"Now not far from us, our tank is working, our mortars are working on the enemy, also, respectively, the enemy is working here, artillery is working, mortars are working," explained a member of the Wagner PMC.

The commander of the PMC unit, whose call sign is Shef, noted that 'the fighting was literally for every house'.

"There were episodes when the first, second floor was under our control, the third [floor was under the control] of the enemy, that is, the enemy did not want to surrender," he added.

The soldiers also described the fighting for the city.

"The task was to get a grip on the Sol station in order to tie up the enemy forces with combat and prevent the transfer of reserves to the town of Soledar, that is, other units entered the town of Soledar itself and tried to surround it, respectively, and we also blockaded the town from the northern side, the northern quarters," the commander said.

Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov stated on January 13, that the 'liberation' of the city of Soledar in the Donetsk People's Republic was completed the night before. The department added that the storming of the city blocks 'was successfully resolved by the courageous and selfless actions of the volunteers of the Wagner PMC assault squads'.

Ukrainian Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar wrote on her official Telegram channel on January 15 that the 'fighting continues'.

There have been no official comments from Ukraine on the surrender of Soledar.

The Ukrainian Defence Ministry's daily report on Wednesday said that "on the Bakhmut direction, 13 settlements - Verkhnekamenskoye, Belogorovka, Veseloye, Soledar, Krasnaya Gora, Bakhmut, Kleshcheevka, Kurdyumovka and Druzhba of Donetsk Region - have been hit by shelling".

On September 30, President Vladimir Putin agreed to sign documents allowing the accession of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), as well as the regions of Kherson and Zaporozhye, to the Russian Federation.

According to Moscow, the move followed referenda in which people living in those areas exercised their right to self-determination and requested to join Russia.

Ukraine and its international allies condemned the move, calling it an annexation of Kiev’s sovereign territory.