Putin Ally Claims 500 Ukrainian Troops Are Trapped in Soledar

Around 500 Ukrainian troops fighting off Russian attacks in Soledar could be trapped in the Donetsk town, an ally of the Moscow-backed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) told Russian state media.

Yan Gagin, who is described as an adviser to the DPR, led by Kremlin-supported Denis Pushilin, told Russian state news outlet Tass on Wednesday that many of Kyiv’s fighters reported to be in the salt mining town could be “wounded.”

Gagin said that Ukrainian forces remaining in the embattled town should surrender to Russian forces or “face a silly and inglorious death in a town that’s already been liberated.”

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