On January 6, Russian fighters shared a video showing their positions in the center of the city of Soledar in the DPR. The video confirmed that Russian forces had reached the area of the Salt Mine No. 1-3.
Wagner fighters have significantly advanced in the area in recent days. The day before, reports from the front lines claimed that the Russian mop up operation in Bakhmutskoe ended with the Russian control of the village on the outskirts of Soledar. To the south-east, the Dekonskaya railway station was recently taken by Russian forces.
On the southern outskirts, fighting is ongoing in the area of Krasnaya Gora. Russian successes threaten Ukrainian military supplies to the garrison in Soledar and the AFU may risk to find themselves in encirclement.
Fighting in Soledar filmed by Russian forces about a week ago:
At the same time, Russian fighters broke through Ukrainian defences on the northern outskirts of the city. Last night, Russian troops reportedly managed to take control of several AFU strongholds north of Soledar and reached the settlement of Krasnopolevka.
So far, Wagner fighters have not only taken control of Bakhmutskoe but they have also significantly advanced towards the center of Soledar from different directions. The AFU are retreating to the north-western districts of the city.
On the other hand, the mines area in Soledar are an important Ukrainian stronghold which will slow down Russian advance.
Soledar is an important stronghold of Ukrainian defense along the Seversk-Soledar-Bakhmut (Artemovsk) line. Russian victory in the city will sharply complicate the situation of the Bakhmut garrison of the AFU.
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