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The Ukrainian army wants to prevent the capture of Soledar, a small town in eastern Ukraine, by Russian forces.

Fierce fighting took place on Wednesday in Soledar in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is trying to turn the tide of the war at all costs, once again changing military leaders just as kyiv seems closer to securing Western heavy armaments.

Everything that is happening today in the direction of Bakhmout or Soledar is the bloodiest scenario of this war, Mykhaïlo Podoliak, an adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, said in an interview with AFP. p>

The fighting continues in Soledar, the front is holding, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in the evening. We are doing everything to strengthen the Ukrainian defense without any break, even for a day in the eastern region of Donetsk, he hammered.

According to the Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Defence, Ganna Maliar, the Russians have unsuccessfully sought to completely take over this mining town of 10,000 inhabitants located near the larger city of Bakhmout which the Ukrainians have been relentlessly defending for several months.

< p class="e-p">The group of Russian mercenaries Wagner, which claimed responsibility for its capture, which would constitute a military victory for Moscow after several humiliating reverses since September, was however denied not only by the Ukrainian military, but also by the Russian army. p>

Assault forces are fighting in the city, the Russian Defense Ministry said, adding that airborne units blocked the northern and southern parts of Soledar.

You don't have to rush. Let's wait for official statements, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the press, while believing that there was a positive dynamic in the ranks of the Russian troops.

No one has planned to give the city away, insisted Bober, a wounded Ukrainian soldier awaiting evacuation, met by AFP on Wednesday on the road from Bakhmout to Sloviansk. Soledar was not completely taken by the Russians, he claimed.

According to Mykhailo Podoliak, Russian military losses are huge there, and the Ukrainian army is also losing men. Certainly, it's more than there has been elsewhere before, he told AFP.

In the region of Lugansk, neighboring that of Donetsk, the Russians have gathered around 30,000 soldiers, also reported its Ukrainian governor, Serguiï Gaïdaï.

One ​​of the bloodiest chapters of the war in Urkaine is taking place right now around the eastern city of Soledar. The story of Lise Villeneuve.

Across the whole of Ukraine, during the day, the enemy carried out 2 strikes missiles and 22 airstrikes, summarized the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

In the southern city of Kherson, where shelling caused numerous explosions, the state university and a perinatal center were damaged, provincial governor Yaroslav Yanushevich said. An employee of a maternity ward also affected was also seriously injured, added the office of the Ukrainian presidency.

A little further north, in Marhanets, nine apartment buildings were damaged by Russian strikes, while one person was injured by shrapnel, according to reports. local authorities.

At the same time in Moscow, in a new change at the top of the military hierarchy, the last episodes of which were considered to be dictated by the major setbacks encountered on the ground, it& #x27;is the Chief of the General Staff, General Valery Gerasimov – a direct interlocutor of Vladimir Putin -, who has been appointed commander of the combined group of troops deployed in Ukraine.

The increase in the level of command of the special operation [in Ukraine] is linked to an expansion of the scope of the missions to be performed, the need to conduct closer interaction between the components of the armed forces, has explained the Ministry of Defence.

Valeri Gerasimov's predecessor, General Sergei Surovikin – demoted to the rank of deputy – will only have directed the operations during barely three months.

He had been appointed in October to redress the situation of the Russian army which suffered setbacks in the face of Ukrainian offensives in the regions of Kharkiv (northeast) and Kherson.

He was attributed the tactic of massive strikes on the energy infrastructure of Ukraine, which did not bring down kyiv.

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Intense fighting has been going on for days around the town of Soledar in eastern Ukraine. Military casualties on either side would be the highest in 11 months of conflict.

At the same time, Ukraine reiterated its appeals to its Western partners, on the eve of a new meeting at the American base at Ramstein in Germany on January 20, to provide it with heavy and long-lasting armaments. range.

Only missiles with a range of more than 100 kilometers will allow us to significantly accelerate the liberation of the territories, argued Mykhaïlo Podoliak in his statements to AFP, promising that they would not be used against Russian territory.

We still want to get 250 to 350 heavy tanks, he repeated.

Western chancelleries are slow to respond favorably to Kiev's requests on this point and Paris, London, Berlin and Washington have only promised tanks and other light armor at this stage.

But Poland took a first step on Wednesday, saying it was ready to deliver a tank company from #x27;German heavy assault Leopard 2, or 14 units.

This delivery will be made as part of a coalition that is being built, said its president Andrzej Duda in Lviv, western Ukraine.

One ​​state alone cannot help us, because we are fighting against thousands of Russian tanks, reacted Mr. Zelensky.

Finally, on the diplomatic front, a rare meeting between Russian and Ukrainian officials took place on Tuesday in Turkey between those in charge of human rights person of d them belligerents, Dmytro Loubinets and Tatiana Moskalkova.

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