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Ratio of forces one to seven: Insight from elite 3rd Assault Brigade on Avdiivka situation

Ratio of forces one to seven: Insight from elite 3rd Assault Brigade on Avdiivka situation Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

The situation in the Avdiivka area, where the Third Separate Assault Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine was redeployed to reinforce defense, is difficult. The ratio of Ukrainian to Russian forces currently stands at one to seven, says the press officer of the Third Separate Assault Brigade, Oleksandr Borodin, in an interview with Radio Liberty.

"There are two armies against us here. The ratio is approximately one to seven. This is a very serious challenge. If we compare it with Bakhmut, where we were also in defense during the PMC Wagner, there was a mixture of prisoners and special units. Here, however, there are linear mechanized brigades and specialists from the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GRU). So, this is probably the most serious Russian force in Ukraine," Borodin says.

According to him, Ukrainian forces are currently operating in a complex defensive format in the Avdiivka area.

"Some units are working in a 360-degree environment. This means that the situation is indeed difficult, and one of the elements is that the enemy can attack from almost all directions on certain sections. This does not mean that we are completely surrounded in these areas, but it means that they can attack," the press officer notes.

Fighting in the Avdiivka area

Avdiivka is called the gateway to Donetsk, and Russian invaders have been trying to capture the city since the fall of 2023. According to Ukrainian military sources, Russians have lost tens of thousands of soldiers in battles for Avdiivka.

Currently, the invaders have reached the outskirts of Avdiivka. Another defense outpost remaining is the coke-chemical plant.

The Ukrainian Armed Forces emphasize that the situation in Avdiivka is becoming critical.

Today, the press service of the Third Assault Brigade officially confirmed that they have been redeployed to the Avdiivka area to reinforce the Ukrainian defense.

Fighters of the Third Assault Brigade note that the battles in this direction are more challenging than those in Bakhmut.

Also, read more about how the battles for the city may develop and whether there is a threat of encirclement of Avdiivka in the material from RBC-Ukraine.