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Ukraine Live Day 471
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
State Department Condemns Marinka Assault, Threatens Russia With "Increased Costs"
5 years
Russian-Backed Separatists Confirm Heavy Losses In Today's Assault on Marinka
Another Summer, Another Russian Offensive In Ukraine

U.S. State Department spokesperson Marie Harf addressed today's fighting in eastern Ukraine at today's press briefing. RFE/RL reports:

"We're disturbed by reports, including those by the OSCE, that combined Russian separatist forces launched coordinated attacks overnight against Ukrainian positions near Donetsk city and Pisky, Luhansk, and Maryinka. We’re now seeing unconfirmed reports that the town of Maryinka may have fallen. These attacks are on the Ukrainian side of the cease-fire line. They have reportedly utilized grad-rockets and other heavy weapons that should have been withdrawn under the February Minsk plan."

"Any new attack and aggressive action by combined Russian separatist forces is unacceptable and contravenes the Minsk agreement. Russia bears direct responsibility for preventing these attacks and implementing a cease-fire. Any attempts to cease additional Ukrainian territory will be met with increased costs."

It's not entirely clear what the current status of Marinka is, but it seems, from what we can tell, that Harf's assessment that Marinka may have fallen to the Russian-backed fighters may be wrong. As we reported below, both the Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian government report that the Russian-backed combatants suffered significant casualties, and it seems Ukraine has, for the time being, retained control of the town.

-- James Miller