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Russia deploys additional troops to Avdiivka front to compensate for personnel losses – ISW

23 October, 2023 Monday
11:12

Russian forces are facing challenges from Ukrainian drones and high-precision weapons, which have made their armored vehicles more vulnerable

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This is stated in a report from the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

Russian forces are deploying additional troops to the Avdiivka front, despite facing challenges in frontal mechanized attacks and a failed offensive on October 19-20.

Some Russian military bloggers reported that on October 22, there were no significant changes at the Avdiivka front. It's possible that Russian forces took a break following their unsuccessful major offensive, which resulted in substantial losses.

A well-known Russian blogger has claimed that Ukrainian forces launched a "surprise" counterattack towards Pisky, located 8 km southwest of Donetsk, and managed to dislodge Russian troops from their positions in the area.

Another military blogger asserted that reports of Ukrainian troops advancing in the Pisky and Opytne area (4 km south of Avdiivka) don't align with reality.

Geolocation footage released on October 21 suggests that Russian forces have made a minor advance to the southeast of Pervomaiske, situated 11 km southwest of Avdiivka.

A blogger associated with the Kremlin discussed the challenges that could lead to a "stalemate" in Russian offensive operations in the Avdiivka front as of October 22.

This military blogger argued that it's difficult to conduct maneuverable warfare on a static front with large numbers of personnel and fortified positions on both sides. Additionally, the blogger noted that Ukrainian drones and precision weaponry make armored vehicles more vulnerable, complicating ground attacks.

The same blogger pointed out that Russian forces encounter problems in dealing with Ukrainian minefields near Avdiivka and struggle to disrupt Ukrainian logistics. This allows the Ukrainian command to swiftly redeploy troops to critical areas.

Ukrainian sources reported that Russian troops are continuing to transfer personnel to the Avdiivka front in support of their offensive, despite substantial losses.

Colonel Oleksandr Shtupun, spokesperson for the Tavria group of Ukrainian troops, stated that the Russian military is directly relocating personnel from Russia to the Avdiivka front to replace their losses.

Ukrainian military observer Kostyantyn Mashovets mentioned that the Russian military command recently transferred several Russian regiments, which were formed from mobilized forces, to the Avdiivka front. This indicates that Russia likely intends to maintain its operations in this area.

Mashovets also noted that Russian military units from the 57th Motorized Rifle Regiment (part of the 6th Motorized Rifle Division within the 3rd Army Corps in the Western Military District) were transferred to the Spartak - Yakolyvka - Mineralne - Kashtanove region, situated 4-5 km to the south-southeast of Avdiivka.

  • Furthermore, on October 21, Ukrainian troops continued their offensive in the western part of the Zaporizhzhia region. Kostyantyn Mashovets, a military observer, reported that Ukrainian defenders successfully repelled Russian forces from the western outskirts of Robotyne, located 10 km south of Orikhiv in the Zaporizhzhia region.
     
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