Heavy losses have forced the Russian occupiers to halve the number of attacks near Avdiivka and regroup to prepare for a new offensive, Tavria Defense Forces spokesman, Colonel Oleksandr Shtupun, said on national television on Nov. 12.
The enemy is still conducting regular guided aerial bomb strikes on Ukrainian positions by dropping 500 kg guided bombs on the town, trying to inflict losses on Ukrainian defenders while regrouping.
"We expect, we are ready for some intensification by the enemy. The day before yesterday the Russians tried to advance and suffered significant losses. Today they are regrouping, but the bombing is a sign of preparation for further actions," Shtupun said.
Russia’s offensive on Avdiivka — What is known
Russian invasion forces intensified their offensive on Avdiivka on Oct. 10, launching massive attacks on the Donbas town. Oct. 10 was “probably the largest attack on the city in the entire full-scale war,” but the situation was under control, said Avdiiivka military administration head, Vitaliy Barabash, at the time.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces said that the Russian military wants to surround Avdiivka and is throwing a large amount of equipment and personnel into battle.
Russian troops launched a new wave of assaults, Barabash confirmed on Oct. 20. The situation remains difficult, he said at the time.
Russia has lost about 10,000 military personnel within a month of active offensive operations on Avdiivka, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhnyi said on Nov. 10.
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