Russian forces prepare for renewed offensives in Avdiivka amidst harsh winter conditions


Russian forces expect improved weather conditions in the Avdiivka region of Donetsk Oblast and will again deploy military equipment in their assaults, the city’s military administration head Vitalii Barabash said on national television on Dec. 3.

Barabash highlighted the persistently harsh conditions in Stepove, Koksokhim, and the Avdiivka industrial zone, where continuous assaults are being carried out by Russian forces. He underscored the strategic importance of the Avdiivka coke plant for the occupiers, akin to the significance of Azovstal in Mariupol, emphasizing that the plant is frequently targeted, resulting in recurring fires.

Barabash reminded that the ongoing third wave of assault actions is in progress.

“The first wave – they (occupiers) paraded on their (tanks and APCs). The second wave – they realized it wasn’t effective. They divided these columns into smaller ones and attacked from several directions. The third wave – mostly involved infantry...”

“Now they are trying to wait for better weather conditions and will attempt to assault with greater use of equipment,” said Barabash.

During the third wave of assaults, Russian occupiers opened two additional directions of attack, namely the Avdiivka industrial zone and from the side of Donetsk through Spartak.

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Oleksandr Shtupun, Tavria front defense forces spokesperson, reported on Nov. 22 that the invaders attempted to assault Avdiivka by deploying several mechanized columns but suffered a loss of 80% of their equipment.

Previously, Shtupun informed about Russia significantly escalating the number of assault actions near Avdiivka.

Chief Commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi earlier informed that Russia has suffered significant losses, estimating around 10,000 military casualties during a month of active assaults on Avdiivka.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy echoed this sentiment, saying that the occupiers are losing soldiers and equipment “faster and on a larger scale under Avdiivka than, for example, near Bakhmut.”

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