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Russians keep trying to capture Maryinka and Avdiivka - Armed Forces explained goal

Russians keep trying to capture Maryinka and Avdiivka - Armed Forces explained goal Russians continue to try to capture Maryinka and Avdiivka (Photo: Getty Images)

Russian forces continue their attempts to capture Marinka and encircle Avdiivka in the Donetsk region, but they have not succeeded, according to the spokesperson for the Defense Forces on the Tavria direction Oleksandr Shtupun.

"The occupiers are trying with all their might to take Marinka to show some success and to encircle Avdiivka, as always. They are not succeeding but will try to gain some operational space. This will be an improvement for them, as they think. They only face losses; our soldiers stand steadfastly and defend Avdiivka and the adjacent settlements," Shtupun stated.

Responding to whether there could be any unpleasant surprises in the Tavriya sector from the enemy, he emphasized that Ukrainian fighters were ready to counter the occupiers.

"We are ready for enemy actions; all our forces are ready. We do not rush thoughtlessly into an offensive; we gradually advance, consolidate, and continue our activities," the spokesperson added.

Frontline situation

Ukrainian forces are continuing their offensive actions in the Bakhmut and Melitopol directions, as confirmed by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) report, Ukrainian troops have advanced near Klishchiivka and Andriivka in the Bakhmut direction and near Novoprokopivka in the Zaporizhzhia region.

Ukrainian soldiers also continued to push back the occupiers on the southern flank of Bakhmut. Defense forces have gained control of the Bahmut-Horlivka highway.

More detailed information on the main events on the front over the past week - in the RBC-Ukraine overview.