Akhmat special operations force attacks Ukrainian troops near the town of Maryinka, the Ministry of Defense has announced
Russian forces are carrying out offensive operations against Ukrainian troops in the area outside Donetsk in the Donbass, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
In a statement, the ministry said assault detachments of the Russian 5th Motorized Rifle Brigade and a unit of Akhmat special forces were successfully attacking Ukrainian troops near the town of Maryinka, about 30 km to the west. from the capital of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).
The Akhmat unit is part of the Russian National Guard and is based in the Chechen Republic. It is named after Akhmad Kadyrov, the region’s first president and father of the current leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.
Reports of successful attacks come after Kadyrov said on Tuesday that Chechen units would face fighting in the DPR, adding that troops “prepare for assault action.”
The ministry also claimed that Ukraine lost 200 soldiers in the Donetsk region, as well as three armored vehicles and 12 transport vehicles, one artillery piece and two multiple rocket launchers.
Russian forces also destroyed the last Ukrainian Navy warship, the Yury Olefirenko, according to the statement. The Soviet-era landing craft was sunk by a high-precision strike in the port city of Odessa, the ministry said.
He added that in the past 24 hours, Russian air defenses intercepted 12 missiles launched by American-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), as well as a long-range Storm Shadow missile supplied by the UK.
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Since the start of hostilities in the Donbass in 2014, which were sparked by a Western-backed coup in Kiev, the town of Maryinka has become a frontline town with strong Ukrainian fortifications. The area was also used by Kyiv troops to repeatedly bomb civilians in Donetsk.
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