Russian troops are trying to cut the road to Avdiivka: Barabash tells about fighting and problems with evacuation of civilians
As of the morning of October 23, more than 1,600 civilians remain in Avdiivka. Evacuations have been organized, but many people prefer to stay in their hometown despite the threat of constant shelling.
At the same time, logistics to the city are carried out via one road, which is constantly under fire from the Russian occupiers. This was reported by Vitaliy Barabash, head of the Avdiivka city military administration, on Radio Liberty.
According to him, no evacuation has taken place over the past three days because people simply refuse to leave. Law enforcement officers and local authorities are talking to them, trying to explain the danger posed by constant Russian shelling.
Barabash added that most of those who decided to stay are elderly. Sometimes relatives, including children and grandchildren, manage to persuade them to leave Avdiivka.
"A lot of people are still in the city, 1601 people as of this morning. For the last three days there has been no evacuation at all. This is not due to any risks or the situation around the city. It is primarily due to the reluctance of people to leave," said Barabash.
The head of the city administration said that the Russian shelling jeopardizes the delivery of humanitarian aid to Avdiivka. Russian troops are trying to cut the only logistical road to Avdiivka to leave local residents without food.
"The logistics are very complicated, the 22 kilometers of road to the city are constantly under fire, both day and night. This makes it very difficult to evacuate and bring in humanitarian aid. In general, any logistics is all through one road. Of course, the enemy is trying to cut it, the enemy is trying to keep it under constant shelling. If they have the opportunity, weather conditions permitting, they launch Orlan unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor the road. Any movement is a signal for them to open fire," said Barabash.
As a reminder, the Russian occupation army has intensified its offensive in the Avdiivka sector for political reasons, as the Russian terrorist state needs new "victories" by the end of this year. For Ukraine, such actions of the enemy are dangerous, as Russian troops have deployed large forces near Avdiivka.
Earlier it was reported that attempts by the Russian Armed Forces to advance on Avdiivka led to significant losses in their ranks. In particular, since the beginning of the active phase of the attacks in October, the losses of the Russian army have increased by 90%.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, Russia relied on a breakthrough of the "armored fist" in the Avdiivka area. However, the enemy failed to implement the plan to surround the settlement in ten days of assaults. The advance of the occupation forces is now insignificant, and the losses are enormous.