Russia's offensive is going on along entire 1000 km stretch of Russian-Ukrainian front - military expert
Military expert Dmytro Sniehyrov says that Russia has concentrated powerful forces in the Kupyansk-Lyman sector and has groups near Bakhmut
He said this on Espreso TV.
"Let's talk about the fact that the enemy's offensive is going on along the entire line of contact, that is, along the entire 1,000-kilometre-long section of the Russian-Ukrainian front. The false thesis that the Institute for War Studies is trying to promote is that the efforts of the occupation army are concentrated exclusively in the Avdiivka area. However, 120,000 Russian army personnel and 1,300 armoured vehicles are concentrated in the Kupyansk-Lyman area. For comparison and understanding of the situation, a Russian grouping of 50,000 personnel and 200 armoured vehicles is concentrated in the Bakhmut sector, which is considered the most problematic," the military expert said.
According to him, three Russian battalions have been attacking Avdiivka for the first three days. The invading troops are trying to take control of the entire territory of the Donetsk region.
"As of October, the Armed Forces of Ukraine control over 50% of the territory of the Donetsk region. This is a political and personal defeat for the Russian dictator. Let me remind you that on 30 September 2022, Putin signed a decree on the incorporation of the so-called DPR into the Russian Federation within the administrative boundaries of the region. That is, a year after Putin's decree, Russian invaders have not been able to fulfil either the decree itself or the first stage of their “special operation" - to establish control over this territory of Luhansk and Donetsk regions," commented the co-chair of the Right Cause.
Dmytro Sniehyrov stressed that the situation near Avdiivka is difficult and demonstrates the effective nature of active defence by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
"It is worth noting that in the Avdiivka sector near Krasnohorivka, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have recaptured previously lost positions from Russian occupiers over the past day. In addition, the enemy's advance on the flanks has been suspended. Heavy fighting is taking place in the area of the spoil tip, which the enemy does not control. The Russian troops are trying to reach the level of the railway tracks on the flanks of the Ukrainian group, but these attempts are neutralised by the Armed Forces. Therefore, it is no coincidence that the enemy suffered such heavy losses in heavy equipment and personnel over the last day, 20 October. These are the largest losses of the occupiers during the day for the entire period of the Russian-Ukrainian war," he summed up.
- On 16 October, ISW noted that Russia's offensive near Avdiivka had slowed down, and Russian troops had suffered numerous losses of soldiers and equipment. Barabash then stressed that the enemy had failed in its plan to encircle Avdiivka. However, 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.
- After the start of the offensive on Avdiivka, Russia's losses in equipment were five times higher than Ukraine's: during the six days of the offensive, the Russian army lost at least 118 pieces of equipment compared to 25 for Ukraine.
- For security reasons, humanitarian aid was no longer delivered to Avdiivka
- On 19 October, the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Valeriy Zaluzhnyi conducted work in the most difficult Avdiivka and Kupyansk areas.
- On 20 October, the General Staff's evening report stated that the Defence Forces repelled about 23 attacks in the Kupyansk sector.