“Enormous work was done in Soledar,” he said.
However, Peskov did not confirm the claim of Wagner Group owner Yevgeny Prigozhin, who boasted about capturing Soledar on Wednesday.
“There is still work to be done and it’s too early to stop and rub our hands, the main work is yet to come,” he said on a conference call with reporters.
Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar said at a briefing on Thursday, “The enemy is continuing the attacks but is suffering significant casualties and is unsuccessful.”
The AP was unable to verify either side’s claims.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy promised that troops defending Soledar would be “guaranteed ammunition and everything necessary”.
The Russian Defense Ministry made no mention of Soledar in its daily briefing on Thursday. The ministry announced on Wednesday that the country’s top military officer – the military’s chief of staff General Valery Gerasimov – has been put in charge of the military operation in Ukraine. He replaces General Sergei Surovikin, who was demoted to deputy just three months after taking office.
Ukrainian officials also said they are taking note of personnel changes at the top levels of Russia’s military command, calling them a sign Moscow is not achieving what it had hoped.
“Personnel turnover wouldn’t be as frequent if it went well,” said a senior Ukrainian military official, Brigadier General Oleksiy Hromov.
Fighting also continued elsewhere in Ukraine.
Deputy head of the Presidential Office of Ukraine Kyrylo Tymoshenko reported that two civilians were killed and eight others wounded in Russian attacks on Wednesday.
Citing data from regional officials, Tymoshenko said one civilian died and five were injured in southern Kherson province, where shells hit a maternity hospital, private houses and apartment buildings, while in Donetsk one person was killed.
Two people were wounded in the south-eastern Zaporizhia province and another civilian was injured in the south-eastern Dnepropetrovsk province.
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