Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu claims capture of Mariinka in eastern Ukraine, but Kyiv denies it. The town, considered a gateway to Donetsk, is said to be heavily fortified and the scene of ongoing fighting.

Ukrainian military spokesman Oleksandr Shtupun refutes the capture, stating that Ukrainian soldiers are still within Mariinka’s administrative borders.

The conflicting reports come amid intensified Russian attacks in key areas, including Mariinka and attempts to encircle Avdiivka.

Ukrainian President Zelensky plans to mobilize up to 500,000 more people as the country faces ammunition shortages.

The situation remains fluid, with fears of a potential Russian advantage over Ukraine.

[Source: BBC]

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