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Russian forces shift troops and equipment from Avdiivka to other frontlines

Russian forces shift troops and equipment from Avdiivka to other frontlines Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

The Russian Federation has begun relocating intact units of soldiers and equipment from Avdiivka to other directions, reports Deputy Commander of the 3rd Separate Special Purpose Brigade Maksym Zhorin.

"In the Avdiivka direction, as of today, everything is generally clear - they will advance as far as they have the strength and depending on who among them survives," writes Zhorin.

According to him, the situation in other directions could be quite challenging. The Russians have started relocating intact units from Avdiivka to other sections of the front.

"In general, we are facing very difficult battles. I spoke about this last year - the Russians have been preparing all this time. They prepared forces, and reserves, accumulated weapons and equipment. And they are ready," the message says.

In particular, soon, a complex situation can be expected in the south of Ukraine and Kharkiv directions.

Capture of Avdiivka by the Russians

On February 17, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrskyi, announced the decision to withdraw Ukrainian troops from Avdiivka, which were under threat of encirclement by the enemy. The reason was the assault actions by enemy forces, who significantly outnumbered the Ukrainian troops, in the dense urban area with active air support.

According to the Institute for the Study of War, the Defense Forces will be able to create new defensive lines near Avdiivka and stop the enemy's further advance.

On February 18, Russians attempted to storm the village of Lastivchynе west of Avdiivka, but the Defense Forces repelled 14 enemy attacks.

More details about this, possible threats, and whether the Defense Forces will be able to withstand the enemy pressure can be found in the material by RBC-Ukraine.