Intense fighting continues in Soledar, Donetsk, as Russian forces attempt to capture the city, which sits just north of Bakhmut. Fighting has been recorded at the Soledar salt mine, located in the western half of the city, in which control has been a back and forth between both Russian and Ukrainian forces. The city is under threat of being encircled, as Russian forces, backed by fresh reinforcements, press north along the city’s outskirts and hill tops. The fall of Soledar will leave Bakhmut vulnerable from attacks to the North.
— Ukraine Control Map (@UAControlMap) January 8, 2023