Russian troops are trying to storm Avdiivka with large groups of infantry: Ukrainian Armed Forces tell who controls the terricone. Map
Russian occupants continue their attempts to surround Avdiivka in Donetsk region. They are trying to storm the city with large groups of infantry, mostly the enemy throws into the battle those mobilized in the temporarily occupied territories and prisoners from Storm-Z units.
The enemy is suffering significant losses, and the statements of Russian propagandists about the capture of the Avdiivka Coke Plant spoil heap, which they have been spreading for several days in a row, are not true. Colonel Oleksandr Stupun, spokesman for the joint press center of the Tauride Defense Forces, spoke about the situation in the Avdiivka area during a telethon.
According to him, Ukrainian soldiers repelled 10 enemy attacks in the Avdiivka area over the last day. The powerful response of the Defense Forces does not allow the occupants to break through, although they throw large groups of infantry into the battle.
"They are sending infantry forward in very large groups, or rather, they are no longer walking, they are crawling, because we do not allow them to raise their heads. Mostly motorized riflemen mobilized from the occupied territories and Storm-Z units are attacking," said Stupun.
At the same time, he noted, the invaders are using much less armored vehicles than they did in the first wave of attacks on October 10.
He refuted the statements of Russian propagandists who have been claiming for several days in a row that the occupiers had allegedly seized the spoil heap of the Avdiivka Coke Plant on the northern flank.
"The spoil heap is important because it is a dominant height, it is under our control," the spokesman emphasized.
Earlier, the Institute for the Study of War said that Russia had deployed two brigades to strengthen its offensive on the Avdiivka front. However, the invaders can currently boast of extremely modest success, especially against the backdrop of significant losses. Because of them, BILD called Avdiivka "the second Bakhmut". According to the German publication, Russian troops lost more than 60 tanks and armored personnel carriers near Avdiivka, but did not abandon their plans to capture the city in Donetsk region.
According to Vitaliy Barabash, head of the Avdiivka Civil-Military Administration, Russia has now set a new deadline for the capture of Donetsk region. Moscow demands that the occupiers reach the administrative border of Donetsk region by December 31.
At the moment, the invaders are trying to encircle Avdiivka and are focusing on attacks from the northern and southern flanks, additional forces are being deployed there.