Volodymyr Zelenskyi said that all the weapons and equipment needed to protect the Donbass cities of Soldar and Bakhmut from Russia will be provided to the Ukrainian army.

He said this in a video message on Thursday night.

“I want to emphasize that the units defending the cities will be given everything, including weapons,” Zelenskiy said.

“They will be given without any delay or hindrance,” he said.

Russian and Ukrainian troops are fighting over control of Solda, a city rich in salt mines and tunnels in the Donbass.

Meanwhile, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner group of Russian mercenary fighters, claimed to have taken over the city of Soldar last Tuesday. However, Ukraine rejected this claim.

Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Gana Malar said the fighting in Soldar was the “most intense and severe” of the ongoing war, saying that “the situation is very difficult, but the Ukrainian troops are still holding their ground.”

UK intelligence said in a statement that Russia took control of Solder after weeks of efforts. Source: AFP.

January 13/FA)