Russia claims "liberation": analyst explains what part of Marinka is controlled by Ukrainian Armed Forces
Oleksandr Kovalenko, a military and political observer with the Information Resistance group, points out that Russia initiated offensive actions at a less-than-ideal moment for them
He shared the information on Espreso TV.
"Russians have been trying to occupy Marinka for almost 2 years. And even today, when the enemy controls most of it, there is a small share in the northwestern sector, which is controlled by the Ukrainian Defense Forces. We can't say that we fully control anything there, but it speaks volumes. Even when Shoigu reported to Putin that they had "liberated" Marinka. Yes, they "liberated" it, but not completely, as they say. And the key point is that the enemy started offensive actions not in the best period - it was fall, winter. This suggests that there is no objective sense in these offensives. Because right now, the enemy's losses are increasing," Kovalenko explained.
The military and political observer of the Information Resistance group also added that Russian troops lack resources for effective offensive actions.
"The area of responsibility in the Donetsk region is the Russian military group “South", which has over 165,000 personnel. However, the enemy is using units from other groups of troops to carry out offensive actions in the area of Avdiivka, Marinka, and Bakhmut. That is, the Russians cannot do without this resource. This indicates that the enemy lacks resources, both human and mechanized, to conduct effective offensive actions," emphasized Kovalenko.
- On Monday, December 25, the Ukrainian Armed Forces denied the information that the Russian army had allegedly captured Marinka, Donetsk region, as reported by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to his president Vladimir Putin.
- Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Valeriy Zaluzhnyi said that Ukrainian troops are still in the northern part of Marinka.
- Secretary of Ukraine’s Security and Defense Council, Oleksiy Danilov, said that a small part of Marinka, Donetsk region, is under the control of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, but that Russia has almost destroyed the city.
- ISW analysts suggest that the potential capture of Marinka does not imply a significant operational advance for Russian troops.