“There are no easy sections of the front in war. There are only the most difficult ones. Currently, it is Avdiivka. Here, the enemy is not giving up attempts to break our defense and encircle the city,” General Zaluzny wrote in a telegram. .
As he said, the Russian army uses assault units, sends a huge amount of equipment into battle, and uses aviation and artillery.
General Zaluzny, who visited the Avdeev sector, added that the Ukrainian defenders heroically repel these attacks, destroying enemy forces and equipment.
Russian attack on Avdiivka
Avdiyivka has been a bone in the Russians’ throat since 2014, because from here the Ukrainians can maintain fire control in occupied Donetsk. The enemy wants to seize Avdiivka because he believes that this city can be a bridgehead for our attack on Donetsk, as Ukrainian military expert Oleksiy Hetman pointed out in recent days.
Vitaly Barabash, the city’s military mayor, said that due to the escalation of the situation on the front line around Avdiivka, the delivery of humanitarian aid to the city had been suspended. According to a local government official, the city’s supplies should be sufficient for three months.
Barabas said that several days ago “a certain decrease in the level of tension around Avdiivka” was observed. There is less bombing and assault activity. He added, “We can say that the resistance forces succeeded in stabilizing the situation around the city.” Meanwhile, he said, the Russians will continue their attack on Avdiivka and are preparing forces for this purpose.
Before February 24, 2022, the beginning of Russia’s large-scale invasion of Ukraine, approximately 30,000 people lived in Avdiivka. People, and before 2014, when the conflict broke out in Donbass – approximately 40 thousand. The city was almost completely destroyed by Russian artillery and aircraft. In March 2023, Ukrainian authorities estimated that there were fewer than 2,000 people remaining in Avdiivka. Residents urged these people to evacuate.
The mayor of Avdiivka, Vitaly Barabash, assessed on Wednesday that the current Russian attack on this city is the largest not only since the beginning of the current invasion, but since the outbreak of fighting in 2014 in Donbass.
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