Defence Ministry calls for no speculation on topic of Soledar

Hanna Maliar, Deputy Minister of Defence of Ukraine, has called on people not to spread unverified information about the battle for Soledar.

Source: Maliar on Facebook

Quote: "Many people are now trying to use the high interest surrounding the topic of the battle for Soledar and earn popularity or money from it."

Details: Maliar has urged against sharing information about the movement, transfers or locations of Ukrainian soldiers, as this harms "our defence".

"If someone discloses unsanctioned information regarding where our troops have entered, where they have been relocated from or where they are physically - this helps the enemy and harms our defenders," she wrote in her Facebook post.

Maliar has pointed out that the situation in Soledar can be described by a short phrase: "In simple words, fighting is ongoing. "

The Deputy Defence Minister has stated that "only certain people and specially authorised representatives of the Ministry of Defence and the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have the right" to publish any information regarding combat actions.

Background: The Russian Defence Ministry has made an official statement about the capture of the city of Soledar in Donetsk Oblast.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine has reported that the battles for Soledar in Donetsk Oblast continue, despite the statement by the Russian Ministry of Defence about the alleged capture of the city.

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