Ukraine war: Soledar may have fallen – but Ukrainians say Russia has lost large number of troops for not much gain | World News

The air echoes with the sound of gunshots.

There are Ukrainian and Russian soldiers. Engage in close circles.

The Kremlin claims it has captured the salt-mining town of Soledar, but holding it may be another matter.

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There are still pockets of resistance, but from what we saw it’s almost certain that the town is mostly under Russian control.

Ukrainian units are waiting on standby for medevac troops.

Armored vehicles are visiting the wounded on broken roads.

As we approached the entrance to the town, through small communities, we saw abandoned houses and abandoned animals.

Both sides suffered heavy casualties under the relentless barrage of artillery.

There are very few people left in the area and as we passed through the destroyed houses, the bombs started falling again.

The sound of shells screeching overhead, preceded by the earth-shaking impact of the surrounding area.

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This terrible war has destroyed communities forcing millions of people from their homes, and it is difficult to see how they will return to these places and if they can, what will they find here?

Further back from the front line, soldiers await their orders.

Soledar may have fallen, but Vadim, a Ukrainian soldier, tells me that the Russians lost a large number of men due to lack of leverage.

“They’ve taken a lot of damage – they’re attacking in waves, and they’re running on bodies.”

The fight is almost entirely waged by Wagner’s mercenary group.

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Ruthless in their attack, but there are questions about what they have achieved.

It would be the first victory for Russian forces after months of military setbacks, but the outcome of the conflict is unlikely to change much as Ukraine consolidates its position.

New trenches are being dug in dead sunflower fields.

This war of attrition is brutal and seemingly never ending.

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