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Russia fails to encircle Avdiivka - City Military Administration chief

16 October, 2023 Monday
09:38

Vitaliy Barabash, head of the Avdiivka City Military Administration, notes that Russia has suffered losses of several thousand personnel during the days of combat escalation near Avdiivka

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He shared the information on Espreso TV.

"The situation has not changed fundamentally, the enemy is still shelling. The enemy is still trying to storm the positions in the south and north of the city. The enemy's pace has slowed down a bit, and the number of attacks on the community's territory has decreased over the past two days. According to the report of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the total number of assault actions of the Russian army has decreased, respectively, the enemy's activity in our direction has decreased," commented the head.

Vitaliy Barabash suggested that perhaps Russia is running out of breath or has already run out of steam, because during the first days of this escalation, its troops were very active all at once, hoping for a quick result, but they failed.

"And as a result, when the enemy was attacking with large forces of equipment and personnel in these early days, they suffered heavy losses. Talking to our guys, they give different figures for enemy losses. It is definitely several thousand. Apparently, our fighters also say that they have already crushed two enemy brigades. And this is probably the third brigade. There are interceptions, there are prisoners who say they don't want to go to fighting anymore because they have a lot of barrier units. The fact that the enemy has failed to encircle Avdiivka is unequivocal," summarized Barabash.

Russian offensive on the key city of Avdiivka in eastern Donetsk region

On October 11, the Institute for the Study of War noted that the Russian occupying army had intensified its offensive around Avdiivka in the Donetsk region. The city has been a frontline one for almost 10 years, and now Russian troops are trying to encircle it.

The Ukrainian General Staff reported that in the Avdiivka direction, the Ukrainian Armed Forces repelled 10 attacks near Avdiivka and another 8 attacks east of Stepove and southeast of Sieverne in the Donetsk region.

The head of Avdiivka City Military Administration, Vitaliy Barabash, reported shelling of Avdiivka, Donetsk region, which killed an elderly man and wounded two civilians.

On October 12, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) experts named the real reasons for the Russian offensive on Avdiivka.

Vitaliy Barabash, head of the Avdiivka City Military Administration, noted that Russian troops are trying to concentrate their forces north of the city, launching assault operations.

On October 13, the ISW reported that in three days, Russian troops had captured 4.52 square kilometers of territory from different directions near Avdiivka. The occupying Russian army suffered significant losses in equipment and manpower.
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