Ukrainian forces continue to defend cities in an organized manner, but their supply routes from the west are under increasing threat from the Russian encirclement operation.
British intelligence compared the situation to the defense of the city of Avdiivka by the Ukrainian Defense Forces from the defense of Bakhmut. About it British Ministry of Defense reports on Twitter with reference to intelligence data.
In particular, over the past three weeks, Russian forces have made “creeping gains” in the area of the Ukrainian-controlled city of Avdiivka, just north of the city of Donetsk.
“The Russian operation is mainly carried out by the First Army Corps of the ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’, local personnel who know the area well. Avdiivka has been on the front line of the conflict in Donbas since 2014. The city is now mostly destroyed,” the report says.
That being said, the sprawling complex of the Avdiivka Coke Plant is presumably seen as a key area to be defended as the battle progresses.
“Tactically, the situation is similar to what is happening in the larger city of Bakhmut, further north. Ukrainian forces continue to defend in an organized manner, but their supply routes from the West are under increasing threat due to the Russian encirclement operation,” the report said. .
The situation at the front today – the latest data from the General Staff
According to the General Staff, the Russian troops continue their offensive. The main directions of their attacks are Limanskoye, Bakhmutskoye, Avdeevskoye, Maryinskoye and Miners.
Over the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian Defense Forces hit four enemy air defense systems and delivered a number of strikes at the places of concentration of enemy personnel.
The losses of the Russian Federation in Ukraine today amount to 165 thousand 610 personnel.