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UK intelligence identifies primary focus of Russian army on Ukraine frontlines

UK intelligence identifies primary focus of Russian army on Ukraine frontlines Avdiivka remains a primary focus for Russian army (Getty Images)

Avdiivka remains a primary focus for Russia on the Ukraine frontlines. The Russian army continues its attacks in the southeastern part of the city, where street battles are ongoing, according to the UK Ministry of Defense.

According to the report, over the past two weeks, Russian forces have deployed additional troops to the Avdiivka sector, increasing pressure on Ukrainian positions around the city. Ukrainian Armed Forces continue to carry out counterattacks to preserve the main supply route.

According to British intelligence, over the past four weeks, approximately 600 guided munitions have been launched against Ukrainian positions in Avdiivka from tactical aviation. On February 5 Russian aircraft increased the number of strikes with guided aviation munitions from 30 to 50 per day, which is 66% more than in the past two weeks.

However, Russian aircraft are forced to launch munitions at range, degrading their accuracy due to the continued threat from Ukrainian air defense systems, as stated in the report.

"Russia is almost certain to continue offensive pressure in this area over the next several weeks, heavily leveraging tactical air power to support its effort," the report says.

Assault on Avdiivka

The Russian army began its offensive on Avdiivka in early October. During the assaults, it suffers significant losses in equipment and personnel. According to the White House, by mid-December, Russia lost over 13,000 people in Avdiivka.

Military expert Vladyslav Seleznov notes that around 40,000 Russians are concentrated in the Avdiivka area. Several months ago, a similar figure was mentioned. It means that despite incredible losses, reinforcements from the Russian Federation are arriving.

Vitalii Barabash, the head of the Avdiivka City Military Administration, stated on February 6 that Russian saboteurs entered Avdiivka, but these were isolated groups and there were no street battles in the city.