Russian troops and military forces are launching daily attacks against Ukrainian front line positions in Donetsk, in an area described as one of the hottest in the war. Paratroopers with Ukraine’s 79th Air Assault Brigade say they’re holding positions around the small city of Maryinka. They say Russia has deployed members of the Wagner private mercenary group, special forces, and recently mobilized infantry against them. Holding Maryinka is seen as critical to Ukrainian hopes of retaking the regional capital, Donetsk.
Andriy Kuzakov from RFE/RL went on scene with Ukrainian forces.