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Logistics pose the biggest challenge: Avdiivka's current situation

Logistics pose the biggest challenge: Avdiivka's current situation Photo: more than 1,200 people remain in Avdiivka (Getty Images)

Over 1,200 civilians persist in Avdiivka amidst ongoing hostilities and relentless shelling. The primary concern for the city continues to be logistics, conveys Vitalii Barabash, the head of the Avdiivka military administration, during a telethon.

According to him, as of the morning of December 9, there are still 1253 people in Avdiivka. After the intensification of hostilities, the evacuation of local residents became more active, but now it has slowed down again, particularly due to the security situation.

"Many people give various reasons when they refuse to leave. One such reason is the safety on the road. People see and hear everything... There are those who openly do not want to leave, there are also those who are waiting, but there are not many of them," said Barabash.

The head of the Avdiivka military administration added that logistics remains the biggest problem. Currently, food and other necessary items are being delivered to the city through one dangerous route. According to Barabash, there is a supply of food in Avdiivka, but there are issues with drinking water.

Fighting for Avdiivka

Russian occupiers intensified fighting in the Avdiivka region at the beginning of October. This offensive is considered the most extensive since 2014.

Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi stated that the occupiers lost at least 10,000 soldiers in the battles for Avdiivka. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized that Russian losses in the Avdiivka region exceed those in Bakhmut.

Recently, soldiers of the 47th Separate Mechanized Brigade refuted rumors about the alleged advance of the occupiers into the territory of the Avdiivka coke and chemical Plant. They emphasized that the plant is under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Read more about the possibility of a breakthrough by Russians in the front line in the event of the capture of Avdiivka and Maryinka.