Marinka turned into ruins: British intelligence assesses the course of fighting and points to the main target of Putin's troops
Despite the statements of Russian propagandists and certain advances of the Russian army in the area of Marinka, the town is not fully occupied. The Ukrainian Defense Forces still control the western part of the city, which Russian troops have turned into ruins.
The Russian occupiers are still seeking to occupy the Donetsk region in its entirety, which is the Kremlin's priority goal at the moment. This is stated in the report of the UK Ministry of Defense.
British intelligence has stated that in recent weeks, Marinka has become one of the hottest spots in the Russian-Ukrainian war. And despite some successes of the invaders, the occupiers have not yet managed to capture this settlement completely.
"Over the past weeks, Russian troops have been gradually advancing through the ruins of Marinka, a city in Donetsk region. Now Russia probably controls most of the built-up area. However, Ukrainian forces continue to control pockets of territory on the western outskirts of the city," the British Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The occupation forces have practically wiped out Marinka, which has been on the frontline since 2014, the British Defense Ministry stated. The UAV footage shows that the town, which used to be home to about 9,000 people, is now nothing but ruins: it is almost impossible to find a building that has not been seriously damaged.
However, Russia does not seem to be going to give up its intention to seize these ruins.
"Russia's renewed efforts against Marinka are part of Russia's autumn offensive, which prioritizes expanding Russian control over the rest of Donetsk region - very likely still one of the Kremlin's main objectives in the war," the British Defense Ministry summarized.
Earlier, British intelligence pointed out a nuance with the losses of Putin's army. According to British estimates, since February 24, 2022, the Russian army has lost about 220-280 thousand occupants wounded and about 70 thousand killed. However, even officials in the Russian Federation have a low level of understanding of the total losses in the war against Ukraine.
The reasons are the long-established "culture of dishonest reporting" in the army of the aggressor state.