Russia’s Ministry of Defence says its forces have captured Soledar, where bloody battles have raged for days.

If Russia’s claim is confirmed, the town’s fall would mark a rare victory for Moscow after months of setbacks.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has promised that Ukrainian forces defending Bakhmut and Soledar in the east will be armed

with everything they need to keep Russian troops at bay in some of the bloodiest battles of the war.

“I want to emphasise that the units defending these cities will be provided with ammunition and everything necessary, on time and without interruption,” Zelenskyy said.

Ukrainian forces are holding out against Russian forces after a “hot” night of battles in the eastern salt-mining town of Soledar