Photo: AP

Photo: AP

euronews: Russia claimed a battlefield advance in Ukraine on Monday when Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow’s forces had taken control of Mariinka, a now-deserted strategic town about 20 kilometres west of Donetsk - the largest city in Russian-held territory.

Russian State TV showed destroyed buildings and Russian soldiers in what their correspondent said were the outskirts of Mariinka.

But, Kyiv denies that the town of Mariinka in the Donetsk region is fully under the control of Moscow's forces.

The spokesman for the Ukrainian armed forces, Oleksandr Shtupun, assured that "the fight for Mariinka" continues.

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