Maryinka Captured: Strategic Breakthrough in Donetsk for Russian Military

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has reported a significant military development to President Vladimir Putin

by Faruk Imamovic
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Maryinka Captured: Strategic Breakthrough in Donetsk for Russian Military
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Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has reported a significant military development to President Vladimir Putin: the capture of Maryinka, a critical suburb in the Donetsk region. This area, which had been a stronghold of the Ukrainian armed forces, represented a vital line of defense in the Donbass region.

Over the past eight years, the Ukrainian army had transformed Maryinka into a formidable fortified area, complete with dugouts, underground tunnels, and an extensive array of artillery systems. These defenses were reportedly used for continuous shelling attacks on the city of Donetsk, as noted by Izvestia.

Shoigu detailed how the capture of Maryinka, where "each of the city’s 3,000 buildings was in fact a heavily fortified position," has enabled Russian forces to significantly push the line of contact further west.
This move is seen as crucial for more effectively protecting Donetsk from enemy artillery and missile strikes.

Implications for Donetsk and the Region

While experts caution against declaring a complete defeat of Ukrainian forces in the Donetsk area, the capture of Maryinka marks a notable success for Russian troops. Military expert Vladislav Shurygin commented on the strategic importance of Maryinka, likening its defenses to those of Artyomovsk (Bakhmut in Ukraine), which was captured earlier in the year.

Shurygin pointed out that Ukrainian forces in Maryinka had been conducting mortar shelling of the civilian population in Donetsk. Despite its capture, the threat of shelling attacks continues for residents of the Donetsk People's Republic’s (DPR) capital.

"The liberation of Maryinka means a breakthrough in Ukraine’s current line of defense. However, it won’t change much for Donetsk," Shurygin stated. He explained that Ukrainian forces have now shifted to using larger-caliber and longer-range Western-made artillery systems, which can still reach the city.

To completely eliminate the threat of shelling attacks, Ukrainian armed forces would need to be pushed further away from Donetsk.
Military expert Viktor Murakhovsky also weighed in, stating, "The enemy’s defense has been broken in tactical depth." He believes that Russian forces will now concentrate on Avdeyevka, and following its capture, aim to reach a fortified line connecting Konstantinovka, Kramatorsk, and Slavyansk, which represents the last Ukrainian line of defense in the DPR.

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