Russians reduce use of aviation on Tavria front, continue using grenades with chemical agents

Avdiivka, February 15, 2024
Avdiivka, February 15, 2024

Russians reduced their aviation activity on the Tavria front, Commander of the Tavria Operational-Strategic Group Oleksandr Tarnavskyi reported on Telegram on Feb. 20.

Recently, Russia has conducted only two air strikes, 42 combat engagements, and 1040 artillery shellings.

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He also noted that the invaders continued to use toxic substances during the attacks. In particular, the enemy dropped four grenades with tear gas and suffocating chemical agents in the Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk oblasts.

In the Avdiivka sector, the Russians are trying to conduct offensive actions in small assault groups, but the Ukrainian military is fighting back. Thus, they managed to repel nine attacks near Lastochkine, Severne, Pervomaiske and Nevelske.

In the Maryinka sector, Ukrainian forces repelled 21 attacks near Heorhiivka, Pobeda and Novomykhailivka. In the Novopavlivka sector, the enemy tried to launch an offensive in the area of Staromayorsk.

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There were no significant changes in the Zaporizhzhia front. Ukrainian Defense Forces repelled 11 attacks near Malynivka and Robotyne.

"The situation remains under control, and Ukrainian soldiers are steadfastly holding the line and actively destroying the enemy," Tarnavsky wrote.

He also noted that over the past day, the Russians lost 644 people, 272 UAVs of various types, 47 pieces of military equipment. These include 2 tanks, 29 armored personnel carriers, 8 artillery systems, and 8 vehicles.

In addition, the Ukrainian military destroyed 2 ammunition depots, 1 fuel and lubricant depot and 1 other important enemy object, the statement said.

Earlier, British intelligence reported that in the coming weeks Russia will try to expand its control beyond Avdiivka.

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