Welcome to Bakhmut & Soledar
Separated by a highway, these two towns boast a famous salt mine and an underground sparkling-wine factory. But the war between Russian-backed rebels and Ukraine's central government has moved dangerously close to Soledar, which is now home to a joint ceasefire commission. If you head here under your own steam and without proper accreditation, the least you can expect is extremely unpleasant encounters with disgruntled Ukrainian military personnel at roadblocks. So forget about visiting until the war is over, unless you're a journalist or an aid worker who knows exactly what you're doing.