On the Advance: Kremlin Moves Forward

Via the short messaging platform X, formerly Twitter, the British Ministry of Defence provides daily updates on the progress of the war in Ukraine, including on December 5, 2023.

The British Ministry of Defence writes: “In recent weeks, Russian forces have made creeping advances through the ruins of Marinka, a town in Donetsk Oblast. Russia now likely controls most of the built-up area. However, Ukrainian forces remain in control of territory on the western edge of the town.”

Further from London: “Marinka has been on the front line since 2014. With a pre-war population of 9,000, it is comprehensively ruined – drone footage suggests that the vast majority of buildings have been reduced to rubble. Russia’s renewed efforts against Marinka are part of Russia’s autumn offensive, which aims to extend Russia’s control over the remaining parts of Donetsk Oblast – highly likely still one of the Kremlin’s core war aims.”

Image: Mil.ru, CC BY 4.0, Vladimir Putin in Ryazan Oblast (2022-10-20) 12.jpg, via Wikimedia Commons (no changes made)

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