Why Avdiivka and Bakhmut should not be compared
During the offensive in the Bakhmut area, the length of the front was approximately 50 kilometers, and the offensive front at Avdiivka is a little over 20 kilometers
Ukrainian journalist Oleksandr Kovalenko explained the differences in the offensives on two Ukrainian towns.
The concentration of occupying Russian forces at Bakhmut varied from 20,000 to 50,000 personnel at different stages of the offensive. As of today, there are over 40,000 Russian soldiers concentrated near Avdiivka.
In terms of personnel, this translates to roughly 2,000 soldiers per kilometer of the front.
During the offensive on Bakhmut, more than 300 tanks were involved. Over the course of three weeks in the offensive on Avdiivka, more than 100 Russian tanks were destroyed.
In the three weeks of the offensive on Avdiivka, around 6,500 Russian soldiers were eliminated, which is equivalent to approximately 10 battalion-tactical groups. The destruction of 100 tanks and 250 armored fighting vehicles is also roughly equivalent to the equipment of 10 battalion-tactical groups. In other words, Russian forces deployed 1 battalion-tactical group for every 2 kilometers of the Avdiivka front.
These statistics are specific to the three weeks of the mentioned offensive phase.
- Oleksiy Hetman, reserve major with the National Guard of Ukraine, veteran of the Russian-Ukrainian war, believes that the withdrawal of the Ukrainian Armed Forces from Avdiivka will not affect events on the eastern front.
- The decrease in fighting around Avdiivka suggests that Russian forces are regrouping and preparing for further action, according to Serhiy Zgurets, the director of Defense Express.