Another decisive battle of war has begun
Russia has launched a major offensive against Avdiivka. The town is of strategic importance to Russia, as this city is actually the gateway to Donetsk, the main communication hub in the occupied territories
And in order to gain a foothold in the captured Donbas, Putin needs to move the front line away from Donetsk.
In 2022, Russian troops launched an offensive against Avdiivka, trying to deeply engulf the city from both flanks. However, the Russian offensive was stopped by the heroic resistance of Ukrainians.
The battle for Avdiivka will be more fierce than the battle for Vuhledar in winter.
The densely built-up nature of Donetsk and Yasynuvata facilitates covert actions, the deployment of artillery among residential areas, and the covert actions of armored vehicles. Russia has concentrated significant aviation forces that use high-precision weapons, a large number of shells that could have been obtained from North Korea and Iran.
The Russians are trying to create a great advantage in drones. Russian drones, along with artillery, are being used to hit the front lines, and the enemy is trying to open the way for its infantry and tanks to break through the combat formations of our troops, primarily using a large number of precision munitions.
The main attack is coming from the south of Avdiivka. Unlike the first offensive on Avdiivka, which lasted from July 22 to March 23, the current attack is planned to cover the city in a much shorter arc. However, the enemy is trying to avoid fighting in the urban areas and create a threat of encirclement for our troops in the city.
The situation is very serious, the battle for Avdiivka requires concentration of all resources.
The Ukrainian Defense Forces also have their own advantages in the area. We have a good understanding of where and how the enemy is going to move. Now we need to realize these advantages. There are many targets for our artillery and attack drones.
A very difficult battle has begun.
About the author: Yuriy Butusov, journalist, soldier of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
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