Two tactical groups of fighters participated in attack at Maryinka on June 3. The second echelon of fighters also included reserve for further expansion of efforts in the attack.
This is the data from ‘Information Resistance’ group.
According to their experts, the battle began at 04.10 am with massive shelling of Maryinka settlement. The active offense started at 06.45 am at the territory from Maryinka to Kasnogorivka.
According to IR group, Russia-backed forces conducted shelling using two sub-division of 122 mm self-propelled artillery 2S1 ‘Gvozdyka’ (18 units of artillery in total), 8 grenades ‘Msta-B’ of 152 mm caliber, no less than 6 units of self-propelled artillery 2S3 ‘Akatsiya’ of 152 mm caliber and 3 units of 152 mm self-propelled guns 2S5 ‘Giatsynt’.
In addition, there were registered several actively maneuvering batteries of 122 mm Howitzers D-30. There were two divisions of howitzers, 14 units in total.
Fighters also actively used mortars of 120 and 82 mm caliber.
IR experts say that after unsuccessful attempt to offense Ukrainian positions fighters used multiple rocket launcher systems.
From 10 am two tactical groups of fighters started to attack. Each group consisted of reinforced ‘infantry’ (mechanized infantry) battalion.
In addition, the second echelon included reserve for further concentration of forces in the direction which would be most successful.
After fire fights in western and south-western outskirts of Maryinka and loss of several armored and transport vehicles the enemy managed to seize front-line checkpoint of Ukrainian forces.
This, actually, became the biggest success of Russia-backed forces in course of this battle.
The enemy suffered so significant losses from firing of Ukrainian forces at a relatively small territory between Oleksandrivka and Maryinka that it was forced to retreat. Then terrorists began to concentrate their firing at checkpoints and positions of Ukrainian forces. It gave no results mostly.
In their turn, Ukrainian forces began to bring artillery to the frontline at 01.00 pm and deployed tactical reserves behind Maryinka.
Ukrainian servicemen delivered powerful fire strike using cannon and rocket artillery. There also was a counter attack at previously abandoned checkpoint.
Russia-backed fighters were forced to retreat from seized checkpoint and return to their initial positions.
Meanwhile reserve echelons came under artillery attack of Ukrainian forces and couldn’t influence the main battle.
Till the end of the day resistance of the enemy in the vicinity of Maryinka was suppressed.
Source: unian.ua, coordinator of ‘Information Resistance’ group Dmitriy Tymchuk