Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had guaranteed that Russian “assault units” had “completely liberated” this strategic city.
Russia on Monday claimed an advance on the battlefield in Ukraine when Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow’s forces had taken control of Mariinka, a now-deserted strategic town about 20 kilometers west of Donetsk, the largest city in Russian-controlled territory.
Russian state TV showed destroyed buildings and Russian soldiers in what their correspondent said was the outskirts of Mariinka.
But Kiev denies that the town of Mariinka in the Donetsk region is fully under the control of Moscow’s forces.
The spokesman for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Oleksandr Shtupun, assured that “the fight for Mariinka” continues.
Meanwhile, a Russian warship in Crimea was damaged in an airstrike by Ukrainian forces, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
The landing ship Novocherkassk was hit at a base in the city of Feodosia by guided missiles fired from an aircraft, the ministry said.