Russia sees its attempted capture of the contested eastern Ukrainian town of Soledar as a propaganda tool with which to maintain domestic support for its war effort, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday, APA reports citing CNN.
“Now the terrorist state and its propagandists are trying to pretend that some part of our city of Soledar – a city that was almost completely destroyed by the occupiers – is allegedly some kind of Russia’s achievement,” he said. “They will present – and are already presenting – this to their society in such a way as to support mobilization and to give hope to those who support aggression.”
A Ukrainian soldier in Soledar told CNN on Wednesday that his comrades were “hanging in there” but that the situation was “very difficult.”
“The fighting continues,” Zelensky said. “The Donetsk direction is holding out. And we do everything, without stopping for a single day, to strengthen Ukrainian defense. Our potential is growing. And I thank all our partners who help in this.”