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Russia says it has taken control of Marïnka , in eastern Ukraine | War in Ukraine

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Before the Russian invasion, Marïnka had nearly 10,000 inhabitants.

Agence France-Presse

The Russian army took control of the village of Marïnka, near Donetsk in the east x27;Ukraine, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Monday, which allows Moscow to continue its offensive towards the west in this region.

The town of Marinka, located five kilometers southwest of Donetsk, was completely liberated today, Shoigu said in a television interview with President Vladimir Putin.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">Marïnka was transformed by the Ukrainian army into a stronghold in 2014, which marked the start of a conflict with pro-Russian separatists led by Moscow , who notably captured the city of Donetsk.

According to Mr. Shoigu, Marïnka is a powerful fortified area connected by underground passages which protect it from artillery and air strikes. Thanks to the decisive actions of our soldiers, the fortress was cracked, he said.

The liberation of the locality naturally reduces the defense capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and gives us additional opportunities to continue our actions in this direction.

A quote from Sergei Shoigu, Minister of Defense of Russia

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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.

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