Russian forces gain control of Maryinka in east Ukraine, defence minister says – Times of India

Russian forces gain control of Maryinka in east Ukraine, defence minister says - Times of India

Moscow: Russian forces has gained complete control. MerinkaA town in eastern Ukraine, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told the president Vladimir PutinOne of the most important Russian successes since the capture of Bakhmut in May.
Most accounts for Merinka, southwest of the Russian-administered regional center Donetskdescribe it as a ghost town.
Control of the town, once home to 10,000 people, would allow Russian forces to move enemy combat units away from Donetsk, Putin said.
“Our troops (now) have the opportunity to reach a wider operational area,” he said in a video of the exchange between himself and Shoigu. The Kremlin journalist
The last major Russian success on the battlefield was the capture of Bakhmut in May, the theater of some bloody fighting. Ukraine launched a counter-offensive in June aimed at retaking land in the south and east of the country, including Bakhmut.
Kiev’s forces have made little progress in retaliating against Russian resistance.
Russian troops have also stepped up ground and air strikes on the nearby town of Avdiivka since mid-October as the focus of their slow-down in the 22-month-old conflict in eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region.
Avdiivka was briefly captured in 2014 by Russian-backed separatists who have seized large swathes of eastern Ukraine. Later fortifications were built around the town – seen as the gateway to Donetsk.
“Defense forces of Ukraine continued to hold back the enemy in the areas of Merinka and Novomykhlyukka in the Donetsk region, and repulsed five Russian attacks,” the General Staff of Ukraine said in its departure early Monday morning.
Ukraine has yet to comment on the latest developments.

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