In a fiery update from the war-torn Ukraine, the city of Avdiivka finds itself at the center of intense fighting. Ukrainian officials in Kyiv have reported continuous clashes around Avdiivka, as Russian forces intensify their efforts to encircle the city.
Avdiivka, situated just 15 kilometers away from the Moscow-controlled Donetsk, has been a longstanding symbol of Ukrainian resilience since 2014 when it briefly fell to pro-Russian separatists. Today, Russian forces have expanded their presence, now controlling territory on the city’s east, north, and south sides.
Vitaliy Barabash, the city’s head, described the ongoing conflict as “heated” and stated that the enemy had not ceased their attack for the past five days. He also expressed concerns that Moscow was sending in more reinforcements, emphasizing, “They are trying to surround the city.”
According to Barabash, the battles in Avdiivka are intense, with continuous gunfire from both the north and south sides of the city. Despite Russia’s substantial military efforts, Ukrainian forces appear to have gained an upper hand.
Ukrainian troops in the eastern sector, fortified in strong positions, have employed powerful artillery strikes along with anti-tank missiles and drone attacks, dealing a severe blow to the Russian army. This recent battle marks the most significant setback for Moscow in nine months.
Videos shared on social media depict Russian forces in disarray, with one unfortunate vehicle running over one of its own soldiers and subsequently exploding after hitting a mine.
In addition to the strife in Avdiivka, its been reported of heavy fighting in the Lyman and Kupyansk regions on the frontline. The situation in these areas has notably deteriorated in recent days, as conveyed by Colonel-General Alexander Syrsky, the commander of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) Ground Forces, on October 14.