MOSCOW: Russia has said its forces have taken the full control of the town of Maryinka in eastern Ukraine, Western media reported on Monday.
President Vladimir Putin has termed the development a success that would mean less shelling on the nearby city of Donetsk.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Putin in a meeting that Russian assaults have completely liberated the settlement of Maryinka. “I want to congratulate you,” Putin told Shoigu.
He said it is a great success and would give Russian troops an opportunity to move into a wider operational area.
Shoigu added the control of Maryinka would allow Russian soldiers to move further in the area and making it possible to protect Donetsk more effectively from Ukrainian strikes.
Ukraine terms the information incorrect
A spokesman for Ukraine’s army, Oleksandr Shtupun has termed the information as incorrect. He added the fighting for Maryinka continues.
Earlier, Ukrainian President said he was confident that the US a strong ally would not betray his nation by withholding crucial wartime assistance as it fights a war with Russia.
Financial assistance for Ukraine has been held up by Republicans in the US Congress, and the White House has warned that it will be consumed by the end of the year if not renewed.