According to the Ukrainian expert, the third wave of attacks on Avdiivka has been going on for at least a week. According to him, Russia has problems using its reserves due to the rainy season.
– This is the Donbas, where there is more than half a meter of black soil on the wet ground – it is practically liquid concrete, which does not allow any kind of equipment to pass, he said.
So the Russians have decided on a new strategy, he said. This includes vehicles covering infantry from long distances or paved roads. However, cannons increasingly entered battle instead of wheeled vehicles.
Sweeten estimated that artillery units were generally not numerous and that a regiment consisted of 30 men. However, there will be many such waves, even several dozen per day.
– They die, they definitely leave. But successive waves do not stop, there is a schedule. It is similar to what Russia has already used in the Bagmud area. Then it transferred the labor to our positions, said Swithan.
ISW: Russian troops advance near Avdiivka, Ukrainian troops advance near Pakmut
On Friday, Russian troops continued offensive operations near Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk region and made progress, the US think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW) wrote in its latest study. It confirms, among other things: the movement of Ukrainian forces near Pakmut.
According to materials analyzed by ISW, the Russian army has moved slightly into the industrial zone southeast of Avdiivka. Offensive operations were also carried out in the vicinity of Bagmut and on the Kubiansk-Svatov-Kreminna line. Russian troops continued their offensive west and southwest of Donetsk on Friday, but made no progress. However, ISW confirms that the Russians have moved to the border of Donetsk and Zaporozhye regions, east of the city of Urozhayne.
Analysts write that there has been little movement of Ukrainian forces southwest of the town of Robotyn in western Zaporozhye Oblast and near Bakmut in Donetsk Oblast.
On Friday, the Ukrainian side confirmed the installation of several bridgeheads on the eastern bank of the Dnieper in the Kherson region of southern Ukraine. The Ukrainian military is trying to push Russian forces out of artillery range on the west bank of the Dnieper.
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