Russia-Ukraine war latest updates: Conflicting claims about Soledar


The founder of the Wagner Group, the paramilitary organization used to supplement Russian forces in Ukraine, said Tuesday that his units had seized control of a strategic salt mining town in eastern Ukraine. The claim could not be immediately verified, and Ukraine said late Tuesday that Russia was still trying to seize the town, Soledar, near the city of Bakhmut, where fighting has intensified in recent days. The capture of Soledar would mark an important symbolic victory for Russia, which has faced a number of battlefield setbacks.

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