Like Bakhmut and many other Ukrainian cities before it, the Russians have left Avdiivka in ruins in their wasted efforts of capture, as can be seen in photos released by Tavria operational group commander Oleksandr Tarnavskyi after more than a month of intense battles.
Russian terrorists cynically destroyed the civilian infrastructure of the city and residential buildings on Nov. 19, said Tarnavskyi.
The photos reveal the consequences of shelling and bombardment as Russians continue their assault on the city.
Ukraine is anticipating a new mechanized assault on Avdiivka by the Russians, said the U.S.-based think tank Institute of War Studies (ISW) analysts in their Nov. 18 report.
Russian invaders plan to encircle Avdiivka while avoiding entering the city, aiming for a siege strategy, said Estonian intelligence.
Russia’s offensive on Avdiivka — What is known
Russian troops intensified their offensive on Avdiivka on Oct. 10, launching massive attacks on the Donbas town.
The head of Avdiiivka’s military administration, Vitaliy Barabash, said that Oct. 10 saw “probably the largest attack on the city in the entire full-scale war,” but the situation was under control.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces said that the Russian military wants to surround Avdiivka, and is throwing a large amount of equipment and personnel into battle.
Russian troops had launched a new wave of assaults, Barabash announced on Oct. 20. The situation remains difficult, he said at that time.
Since the beginning of the Russian offensive on Avdiivka, the losses of the Russian invasion forces in Donetsk Oblast amounted to 6,500 soldiers, Tavria Defense Forces spokesperson, Colonel Oleksandr Shtupun, said earlier.
Russian invasion forces have eased their attacks on Avdiivka to replace their losses and regroup, Shtupun said on Nov. 2.
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