"The enemy is lying again": Ukrainian Armed Forces clarify the situation with the occupation of Marinka. Map
The Russian occupiers lied about the alleged complete capture of Maryinka in Donetsk region. Fierce fighting is still taking place both there and in the area of Novomykhailivka.
In the Mariinka sector alone, Ukrainian troops repelled 11 enemy attacks over the last day. Oleksandr Stupun, spokesman for the joint press center of the Tauride Defense Forces, spoke about the situation during a telethon.
According to him, in the area of responsibility of the Tavria operational and strategic group of troops, the invaders are increasing infantry activity.
"In the area of responsibility of the Tavria operational and strategic grouping of troops, in particular in the Avdiivka sector, the occupants' infantry activity increased again compared to the previous day. A total of 55 combat engagements took place. The enemy lost 440 manpower, most of them in the vicinity of Avdiivka and Maryinka," said Stupun.
In the Mariinka sector alone, Ukrainian troops repelled 11 enemy attacks over the past day.
Stupun also denied the occupiers' statements about the alleged complete capture of Maryinka.
"The enemy has always lied and fantasized. In this case, he is also lying. There are ongoing battles there. Both in the area of Maryinka and in the area of Novomykhailivka," he said.
At the same time, Stupun noted that the activity of enemy aircraft has slightly decreased. The enemy conducted five air strikes over the last day. On the night of December 3, the invaders dropped guided aerial bombs in Donetsk region.
Earlier, ISW analysts assessed the situation around Maryinka. They noted that on December 2, the occupiers advanced west of Donetsk in the Maryinka direction. Against this background, some Russian bloggers began to claim that Russian troops had managed to "capture" Maryinka.
However, the Defense Forces repelled enemy attacks in the area, preventing them from gaining a foothold in the city. Subsequently, some Russian propagandists began to refute the claims of the alleged capture of Maryinka.