Russia has likely taken a town where Britons have disappeared after tactical forays into the past four days, the Defense Ministry said.
Officials in Kyiv said Moscow has stepped up a powerful attack on Soledar over the past four days, forcing Ukrainian troops to repel waves of attacks led by the Wagner treaty militia around the salt mining town and nearby fronts.
Soledar, in the industrial Donbass region, is just a few kilometers from Bakhmut, where troops from both sides have suffered heavy casualties in some of the most intense trench warfare since Russia invaded Ukraine nearly 11 months ago.
“Russia’s Soledar Axis is most likely an attempt to encircle Bakhmut from the north and cut off Ukrainian lines of communication,” Britain added in its intelligence update.
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