In its December 5 intelligence update, the UK Defense Ministry reports Russian forces’ creeping progress in Marinka, a Donetsk City western suburb, where they now likely control most of the devastated town. However, Ukrainian forces retain pockets of territory in the west.
The ministry tweeted:
- Over recent weeks Russian forces have made creeping advances through the ruins of Marinka, a town in Donetsk Oblast. Russia now likely controls most of the built-up area. However, Ukrainian forces remain in control of pockets of territory on the western edge of the town.
- Marinka has been on the front line since 2014. With a pre-war population of 9000, it is comprehensively ruined– drone footage suggests that the vast majority of buildings have been reduced to rubble.
- Russia’s renewed efforts against Marinka are part of Russia’s autumn offensive which is prioritising extending Russia’s control over the remaining parts of the Donetsk Oblast – highly likely still one of the Kremlin’s core war aims.
The aerial photos show the devastation in Marinka:
Так сьогодні виглядає зруйнована російськими загарбниками Марʼїнка на Донеччині 🥺
📸 Сухопутні війська ЗС України pic.twitter.com/rFmWGLv9TO
— Ukrinform (@UKRINFORM) December 2, 2023