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Associated Press

Ukraine says mining town holding out against Russian assault

The fate of a devastated salt-mining town in eastern Ukraine hung in the balance Wednesday as Ukrainian forces held out against a furious Russian onslaught in what has become a bloody focal point of the almost 11-month war. The spokesman for Ukraine’s Eastern Group of Forces, Serhiy Cherevaty, said Wednesday that Russian claims of it had conquered Soledar were “untrue,” Ukrainian news outlet Suspilne reported. Cherevaty offered no further details, saying only that Ukraine’s General Staff would provide more information later.