British intelligence reveals number of Russian armored vehicles lost during Avdiivka attacks
Over the past three weeks, Russia has probably lost about 200 armored vehicles during its assaults on the city of Avdiivka, Donetsk region
The UK Ministry of Defence reports.
These losses are likely due to a combination of the relative effectiveness of modern Ukrainian hand-held anti-armor weapons, mines, unmanned aerial vehicle munitions, and precision artillery systems.
It is noted that in response, Russian troops highly likely switched to conducting dismounted infantry-based assaults in this direction.
"Like previous Russian offensives, the Avdiivka assaults have often been characterized by advances across open ground, leading to high losses. It is plausible that Russia has suffered several thousand personnel casualties around the town since the start of October," the statement reads.
Instead, the Russian command continues to demonstrate its willingness to suffer heavy losses of personnel for marginal territorial gains.
The Russian offensive near Avdiivka: what is known
The Institute for the Study of War predicts that significant losses of Russian equipment near Avdiivka may hamper Russia’s long-term offensive capabilities.
On October 27, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, discussed the situation at the front with the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Rishi Sunak.
Serhii Tsekhotskyi, an officer with the 59th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade named after Yakiv Handziuk, highlighted the success of the Ukrainian Defense Forces in repelling Russian attacks near Avdiivka.
On October 28, the UK Ministry of Defense received information that Russian troops were unlikely to fulfill the Kremlin's expectations regarding the capture of Avdiivka.
Military observer Denys Popovych said that the Russian army is trying to surround Avdiivka to bring Ukraine to the negotiating table.
On October 29, Army Inform quoted Colonel Oleksandr Sрtupun, spokesman for the joint press center of the Tavria Defense Forces, as saying that over the past 20 days near Avdiivka, the Russians had lost 6,500 of their soldiers, 100 tanks and 250 armored vehicles.
On October 29, in the Avdiivka direction, Ukrainian border guards destroyed a Russian warplane, presumably a Su-25, using a portable air defense system (MANPADS).
On 30 October, the head of the Avdiivka City Military Administration, Vitaliy Barabash, said that Russian forces were regrouping near Avdiivka. A new wave of assaults is expected in the coming days.
Director of the information and consulting company Defense Express Serhiy Zgurets noted that the Russian enemy would try to push the Ukrainian defenses near Avdiivka for a month.
On November 2, the Institute for the Study of War noted that the Russian occupying forces were likely preparing for another wave of ground attacks near Avdiivka, Donetsk region, despite their heavy losses.
Later, Vitaliy Barabash, head of the Avdiivka City Military Administration, said that the third wave of attacks on Avdiivka has not yet taken place, but the enemy is keeping the tension around the city.