‘Avdiivka at any cost’ failed for Russian enemy…
The Russian army was unable to take Avdiivka - Shoigu threw Wagner PMC into the battle
In three weeks, the defenders of Avdiivka have destroyed most of the infantry and equipment of the 114th, 15th, 21st and 30th motorized rifle brigades of the Russian Armed Forces that stormed Ukrainian units north of Avdiivka. Since the beginning of the offensive on October 1, the Russian fighters have managed to advance up to one and a half kilometers in 24 days, and last night they raised a flag on the spoil tip of a coke plant. That is, they did not even occupy the spoil tip, but installed a flag and fled. They cannot occupy the spoil tip because it is being targeted by Ukrainian firepower. Obviously, the command of the 114th Brigade wants to show some kind of PR success to cover up the failure of their offensive, because the Russians failed to break through the defense of Ukrainian troops and reach the Stepove-Berdychi line.
The reserves of the 1st Corps of the Russian Armed Forces suffered heavy losses, and so the Russian command sent Wagner PMC units to storm Avdiivka yesterday. On this occasion, Wagner was granted amnesty despite the "mutiny" because Russia has no other reserves to storm Avdiivka - the Russian army is tied up in fighting along the entire front.
Shoigu and Gerasimov throw Wagner fighters into the battle to get an excuse for why the regular army did not take Avdiivka and to shift the responsibility for the failure of the offensive not to the troops of the Defense Ministry, but to the destroyed on Shoigu's orders structure of Prigozhin.
For the Russian leadership, the battle for Avdiivka has turned not only into a comical military operation, but also into a political intrigue and a matter of prestige for the Russian Defense Ministry.
About the author: Yuriy Butusov, journalist, soldier of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
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