Pro-Russian separatist forces say they have entered the Donetsk towns of Soledar and Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine, the spokesperson for the militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) told Russian broadcasters on Wednesday.
“At the moment, in Soledar and Artemivsk (Bakhmut in Ukrainian), we entered the border of the city, to the industrial zone where the fighting is going on,” Eduard Basurin said.
Basurin added DPR forces had surrounded Avdiivka and were in control of most of Pisky and Marinka.
“In the area of Pisky, we control this settlement, but we do not yet control it completely, we do not control it in full. Marinka, we control 2/3 of the settlement,” he said. “No one enters Avdiivka and at the moment no one is going to do it. It will be surrounded because there are certain advances of our forces and means to the north of this settlement, in order to surround it later.
“Those Ukrainian soldiers who remain in the city will be captured or die. Because the choice is theirs: stay alive or die.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Ukrainian forces said they had repelled Russian assaults near Bakhmut and Avdiivka.