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Russia holds ground in Avdiivka despite losses, disadvantageous position — DeepState

24 October, 2023 Tuesday
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DeepState co-founder Roman Pohorilyi says that the Russian army is not retreating from Avdiivka despite its losses and disadvantageous position.

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He shared the information on Espreso TV.

"Recently, they have become very active in literally all directions. For instance, in the Kupyansk-Svatove-Kreminna area, there is ongoing pressure near Kupyansk, Lyman Pershyi, and Masiutivka. There is a notable concentration of forces, frequent deployments to these areas, constant shelling and we see damage to both military positions and civilians," he said.

Pohorilyi also pointed out that in the past few days, Russian forces have increased their activity near Dibrova and Serebryanka forestry, Luhansk region, with continuous shelling in those areas.

"Avdiivka is under enormous pressure and we can all see it. This pressure extends to the southern front as well, with a continuous influx of enemy reserves attempting counterattacks. Although, these counterattacks have been unsuccessful, the Ukrainian Defense Forces have effectively thwarted them and caused significant damage. However, the sheer number of opposing forces makes it challenging to witness significant advancements or notable shifts along the entire front line. Despite their disadvantageous position and substantial losses, the opposing forces are determined to maintain their presence, and regrettably, this trend has yet to show signs of change," he emphasized.

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, experts of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) 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. 

On October 17, ISW noted that in the coming days, Russian forces may intensify their attempts to encircle Avdiivka, and British intelligence believes that the Russian offensive on the city will be the largest since the beginning of the year, as they want to occupy Donetsk region within its administrative boundaries.

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