Russian army advances 4.5 square kilometers near Avdiivka, suffers heavy losses
In three days, Russian troops seized 4.52 square kilometers of territory from different directions near Avdiivka. However, they suffer significant losses in equipment and manpower
The Institute for the Study of War reported the information.
It noted that as of October 12, the Russian military has not secured a major breakthrough near Avdiivka and is unlikely to immediately cut off Ukrainian forces.
In addition, according to analysts, Russian forces are located at a distance of 3.32 km from the Ukrainian ground line.
Meanwhile, geolocation footage indicates that Russian troops may have lost at least a battalion tactical group (BTG) of armored vehicles during the offensive. Since October 10, Ukrainian forces have destroyed 33 Russian armored vehicles and 15 tanks near Avdiivka. According to conservative estimates, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have destroyed at least 36 Russian armored vehicles, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and their modifications.
Footage published on October 11 allegedly shows Russian armored vehicles in a convoy near Avdiivka falling into a pond, while geolocation footage published on October 11 and 12 shows Ukrainian troops striking at Russian convoys in the Avdiivka area.
"This footage indicates that Russian armored forces may not be applying lessons learned from previous offensive operations near Vuhledar in February 2023 or around Kyiv in March 2022, when Ukrainian forces destroyed a disorderly advancing column of Russian armored vehicles," analysts say.
Ukrainian Defense Forces advance near Bakhmut and western Zaporizhzhia region
Ukrainian troops made some unspecified gains east of Klishchiivka and east of Andriivka over the course of the day.
Meanwhile, Ilya Yevlash, spokesman for the Eastern Group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, said that Ukrainian troops continue to advance in the Bakhmut direction and have advanced several hundred meters in unspecified areas.
The spokesman for the General Staff and the Tavria Group of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Oleksandr Shtupun, said that Ukrainian troops had improved their tactical positions west of Robotyne.
Russian offensive near Avdiivka: details
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.