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Russian forces make incremental gains in Marinka, as Ukraine controls parts of the town

UK intelligence update reveals Russian forces’ creeping advances in Marinka, Donetsk Oblast, with Ukraine maintaining control of parts despite significant destruction.
Aerial view of the ruins of what was Marinka, the suburb of Donetsk city. Photo: X/Twitter, GeneralStaffUA

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:

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