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Russian infantry surges in southern Ukraine: Ukrainian Armed Forces

Russian infantry surges in southern Ukraine: Ukrainian Armed Forces Photo: Russian infantry activity in southern Ukraine has increased (Getty Images)

The Russian infantry's activity in the Tavria direction has once again escalated, particularly in Avdiivka, where intense battles are unfolding, reports Oleksandr Shtupun, the spokesperson for the Tavria region, during a telethon

"In the region under the jurisdiction of the Tavria anti-aircraft defense unit, specifically in the Avdiivka direction, there's been a resurgence in the occupiers' infantry activity compared to the previous day, resulting in a total of 55 combat clashes.The enemy incurred a loss of 440 people, predominantly in the Avdiivka and Maryinka area," stated Oleksandr Shtupun.

Simultaneously, the spokesperson noted a decline in the activity of enemy aircraft, with only 5 airstrikes recorded throughout the day. On the night of December 3, the occupiers executed an aerial assault, dropping guided bombs in the Donetsk region.

Shtupun underscored that the conflict persists in the Maryinka and Novomykhailivka areas, debunking the occupiers' claim of an alleged advance in Maryinka as false.

Russian offensive on Avdiivka

In early October, Russian occupiers intensified hostilities in the Avdiivka area, marking the largest offensive since 2014.

Yesterday, December 3, soldiers from the 47th separate mechanized brigade dispelled rumors of an alleged advance by occupiers on the Avdiivka coke-chemical plant. They emphasized that the plant remains under the control of the Armed Forces.

Previously, Ukrainian military clarified that capturing Avdiivka would be challenging for the occupiers unless they secure the territory of the Avdiivka coke-chemical plant.

According to the head of the Avdiivka military administration, Vitalii Barabash, the third wave of Russian assaults is currently underway in the Avdiivka area. The most challenging areas include Stepove, coke-chemical plant, and industrial zone near Avdiivka. Barabash believes that Russian troops are biding their time, waiting for improved weather conditions to launch equipment-based attacks once again.