Incident Summary:

06/03/2015: Assailants attacked and attempted to seize Marinka town, Donetsk oblast, Ukraine. At least 85 people, including five soldiers and 80 assailants, were killed and 140 others, including 101 soldiers and 39 assailants, were wounded in the ensuing clash. Additionally at least one soldier, Roman Marchenko, was abducted and released as of June 7th, 2015. The Donetsk People's Republic claimed responsibility for the incident.




Eastern Europe

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Armed Forces of Ukraine
Specific Description Soldiers
Nationality of Target Ukraine
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 4
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Grad rockets, tanks, heavy artillery, and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Donetsk People's Republic Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 85 Fatalities / 140 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 85
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 80
Total Number of Injured 140
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 101
"Ukrainian POW released - defence minister's adviser," Interfax-Ukraine, June 7, 2015.
"13:09Battalion Sich: Ukrainian army mopping up Maryinka after battle with militants and Russian soldiers," UNIAN, June 5, 2015.
"Poroshenko predicts 'large-scale hostilities' as Ukraine fighting intensifies," UPI, June 4, 2015.