Prigozhin announced that "Wagner" alone captured Soledar during the Russian Ceasefire
The private military company "Wagner" alone attacked the Ukrainian city of Soledar and is "close" to capturing it. These words of the head of "Wagner" Yevgeny Prigozhin were distributed by his company "Concord" in response to a question to him from Russian media.
The "Кепка Пригожина" channel on Telegram, which is affiliated with the group, published Prigozhin's comment in response to a question from Russia News about information that the town not far from Bakhmut had been captured. "I have repeatedly asked and I am asking again the respected military correspondents not to give premature information."
"Yes, the fighters of PMC 'Wagner' and only the fighters of PMC 'Wagner' are close to capturing Soledar. But any premature information harms the offensive", is Prigozhin's answer, also published on the profile of "Concord" in "Vkontakte". Prigozhin is probably referring to the information that appeared after the posts of the pro-war channel WarGonzo in Telegram.
This happened less than two hours after Russia announced that a unilateral ceasefire would take effect at noon. The announced hour was Moscow time, and it was 11 a.m. in Kyiv, but even an hour later Ukraine did not announce a ceasefire.
Yesterday, the "Wall Street Journal" wrote that Russia is giving up for now the months-long offensive against Bakhmut, but also that forces are being diverted to Soledar. This town is located 20 km northeast of Bakhmut, in the Donetsk region, and like Bakhmut remained under Ukrainian control throughout the war.
The correspondent of "El Pais" from Moscow writes that the Russian army started the attack today, but used PMC "Wagner", and did so just before...
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