A Ukrainian soldier within the contested eastern town of Soledar instructed CNN Wednesday night that he and his comrades remained within the settlement, however the scenario was “very tough” and the subsequent 24 hours or so could be vital.
“It’s robust right here, however we’re extra alive than anybody else,” the soldier, whom CNN is just not figuring out for safety causes, stated by way of textual content message.
The pinnacle of Wagner, the Russian non-public navy firm, claimed Tuesday that his forces had taken management of the “whole territory of Soledar.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tempered that sentiment on Wednesday, saying solely there was a “optimistic development.” The Russian Protection Ministry stated Wednesday that its forces had “blocked Soledar from the northern and southern elements” of the settlement.
“Do not consider what they are saying,” the Ukrainian soldier instructed CNN. “We’re hanging in there. Although virtually on our personal. With out commanders.”
He stated that the subsequent 24 hours could be “very tough.”
“Throughout as of late the whole lot might be decided for the town. As a result of we’re being trapped, they need to encircle us,” he stated.
The soldier stated that if the close by Ukrainian items held their floor, his unit would be capable to safely retreat. He stated the Russians have been jamming Ukrainian communications, making coordination extraordinarily tough.
“It’s not clear who our neighbors are, however somebody is there and combating. Now we have no reference to them,” the solider stated.