Donetsk, Mar 14 – DAN. The Russian coalition forces approach Maryinka from the south, Russia's Defence Minister Igor Konashenkov said.

"Russian forces continue their advance, have arrived to the Vodyanoye, Sladkoye, Stepnoye, Taramchuk and Slavnoye line. An 11 km advance has been made in a day," he said.

The south frontline is now 15-17 km away from Maryinka.

Russia started a special military operation to denazify and demilitarize Ukraine on February 24. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the decision was made after the DPR and LPR Heads addressed him asking for help.
The Russian leader said that Moscow is not planning to occupy Ukrainian territory, the only goal is to protect people who have been continuously shelled and subjected to other forms of genocide by Ukraine for eight years. *ot*