The Russian army is doing the rest in the outskirts of Donetsk, where it is trying to encircle the Ukrainian forces in the city of Donetsk by all means. AvdivkaIn One of the most important battles of this war.
“This is an important battle in this war. There are many, but I think this is the most important one. The way I see it, It is the latest attempt by Russia to seize the initiative“Mykhailo Podoliak, adviser to the Office of the President of Ukraine, told UNIAN.
“Active security,” defined by Russian President Vladimir Putin, has become a common offensive in Avdiivka, which is now unable to overcome fortifications built by Ukrainians over the past eight years.
The arrival of autumn, together with rain and humidity, makes the advance of the motorized brigades difficult, which makes the defensive work of the Ukrainians in Donetsk easier, so the time is against the Russians.
Although it suffered “huge losses” in soldiers and equipment in the first attacks, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said in a report today that Moscow continues to send reinforcements to the area.
“The fight in Avdivka is very tough. The number of victims on the Russian side is unimaginable, as well as the amount of weapons destroyed,” Podoliak highlighted.
Vitaly Barabash, head of the Ukrainian military administration in the region, highlighted that “the Russians are mobilizing large infantry and armored forces”.
“The losses are brutal, but that doesn’t deter them. The onslaught continues. They advance like crazy, fall by the dozen, and come back after a while. They are many”, he commented.
According to the newspaper The Wall Street JournalThe Russians would dig tunnels almost 100 meters long to avoid detection.
However, Russian military bloggers admit that Ukrainian mines are currently impenetrable to Russian units.
The Ukrainian General Staff, estimating Russian attacks at twenty, admits that “the enemy continues to attempt to encircle Avdiivka, but the Ukrainian defenders continue to hold them at bay and inflict heavy casualties on the enemy.”
Russian artillery and drones are actively shelling “day and night” the only road connecting Avdiivka. along with other areas under Kiev’s control, Barabash explained today in an interview with Radio Liberty’s Ukrainian-language service.
“Of course, the enemy is trying to cut it off. “Logistics is a big problem,” he admitted, explaining that more than twenty kilometers of highways were constantly “under Russian fire.”
The situation, he added, “makes the delivery of evacuations and humanitarian assistance very complicated.”
As of today, Avdivka has 1,601 of the more than 31,000 people who lived in the city in February 2022, according to kyiv.
In an address to the nation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised “exemplary security” in Avdiivka, Maringa and other places on the frontline, but called for continued progress.
“Every day we need results for Ukraine, resist Russian attacks, remove the aggressors and move forward. “It’s a kilometer or 500 meters, but progress every day to improve Ukrainian positions,” he promised.
Zelensky emphasized that this tactic “encourages the whole world” to help Ukraine.
Along the same lines, Podoliak assured that Moscow is “trying to link our reserves to important battles so that we stop our offensive in other directions.”
“It’s a tactical ploy that doesn’t work,” he said.
He stressed that Moscow knows that with the arrival of ATACMS and Western-sponsored F-162 fighter jets landing next year, “it will not get another chance to restart the effort.”
(with information from EFE)
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