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Russia's biggest attempt to break through defense near Avdiivka in recent days

Russia's biggest attempt to break through defense near Avdiivka in recent days Ukrainian military repelled an attempt by Russia to break through the defense near Avdiivka (photo:

In recent days, Sicheslav paratroopers have repelled Russia's most massive attempt to break through the defense in the Avdiivka sector. Fighting continues and the situation remains tense, reports the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Russia's failed attempt

"Over the past few days, there has been perhaps the most massive attempt to break through the defense in a particular section of the frontline. Tanks, including the most modern T-90 model and infantry fighting vehicles, were used to break through our defense. Nevertheless, the paratroopers gave a powerful rebuff to the enemy," the General Staff said.

According to the General Staff, there were fierce battles, the enemy significantly outnumbered, but the Ukrainian paratroopers repelled the attack with incredible efforts, burning many pieces of equipment. The enemy lost, among other things, T-90 tanks, which cost about $4.5 million per unit.

"Thus, the large-scale offensive turned into an "operation" to dispose of modern Russian equipment," the General Staff noted.

For example, on March 29, 36 tanks and 11 armored personnel carriers of the Russian occupiers tried to enter the positions of the Armed Forces. The paratroopers destroyed 15 tanks, including one T-90 and 8 infantry fighting vehicles. And on March 30, the Russians attacked with 4 tanks and two infantry fighting vehicles. Three tanks were destroyed, as well as both infantry vehicles. On March 31, 6 Russian tanks and 3 infantry fighting vehicles were attacked, which were completely taken out of action, the General Staff added.

Situation near Avdiivka now

According to the General Staff, fighting continues in the Avdiivka sector, and the enemy keeps trying to storm the positions of Ukrainian paratroopers. Today, they successfully repelled 11 enemy attacks and destroyed 16 units of enemy equipment: 10 tanks, 5 armored personnel carriers and 1 MT-LB.

"The tactics remain unchanged: a large number of infantry and assault groups are driving combat vehicles under the cover of tanks and artillery. Unmanned aerial vehicles of various types are also actively used," the General Staff said.

Currently, the situation in the Avdiivka sector remains tense, but the paratroopers are fighting back and holding back the Russian invaders' advance.

Fighting in the Avdiivka sector

At the beginning of the year, the Ukrainian military had to withdraw from the city of Avdiivka in Donetsk region. The defense of this city from the occupiers had been going on since 2014.

But the Russians did not stop at capturing Avdiivka and continue to advance with large forces. In particular, on February 26, the Ukrainian Armed Forces withdrew from the village of Lastochkyne. A day later, the Ukrainian Armed Forces made a tactical withdrawal from the villages of Severne and Stepove in the Avdiivka sector.

However, in early April, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported that the Ukrainian Armed Forces managed to repel a battalion-sized mechanized attack by the Russian occupiers.