Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (File photo)
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Mr. Putin welcomed the fact that the capture of Marïnka keeps Ukrainian troops away from Donetsk, the regional capital under Russian control which has been regularly targeted by Ukrainian bombings since 2014.
We have significantly pushed back the range of artillery action near Donetsk (…) and this allows us today to defend Donetsk from more effective way against strikes, also underlined Mr. Shoigu.
Marïnka, as a fortified zone, gives our troops the possibility of having #x27;a wider operational space, for his part affirmed Vladimir Putin.
Russian forces have regained the initiative on the front since the failure of the Ukrainian counter-offensive, nibbling ground particularly in the east.
They have been trying for several months to x27;encircle another stronghold, that of Avdiïvka, also in the east.