Russia says it has taken control of Ukraine’s Soledar

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(Reuters) -Russia’s defence ministry said on Friday that its forces had taken control of the salt-mining town of Soledar in eastern Ukraine, state media reported. Russian forces captured the town, long the focus of heavy fighting and bombardment, on Thursday evening, the ministry said. This would now allow its troops to cut off Ukrainian forces from the nearby, much larger town of Bakhmut, it added. Reuters was not able to immediately verify the defence ministry’s claim. Ukraine said earlier on Friday that its forces were still holding out in Soledar after a “hot” night of fighting, in what ha…

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