On Friday, Russia declared that it had captured the salt-mining town of Soledar in eastern Ukraine, which is part of the Donbas region. The region, made up of the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces, has been a target of Moscow’s since 2014.
However, there have been conflicting reports over who controls Soledar, and Ukraine has denied Russia’s claim. Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said that the fight for Donetsk is still ongoing and that the coming months will be decisive.
In light of the increased tension in the region, Ukraine announced that it would be conducting counter-sabotage exercises along a section of the border with Belarus. This has caused heightened concern over Belarus’s involvement in the war.
More than 14,000 people have been killed in the conflict since it began in 2014. Despite international condemnation, Russia has refused to withdraw from the area, making it increasingly difficult for Ukraine to gain control of the region.
The situation in Ukraine is one of the most pressing international issues of the moment. If the war continues, it could have major implications for the region and the world at large. It remains to be seen what will happen in the coming months. All eyes are now on the region to see how the conflict will play out.