Russian forces have made further small advances in recent days on the northern axis of a pincer movement to surround the Donbas town of Avdiivka, the latest UK Defense Ministry intelligence report of Nov. 28 says.
Since early Oct., Russian forces have moved the front line forwards up to 2 kilometers in this area. Although modest, this advance likely represents one of the greatest Russian gains since the spring.
But it has cost the Russian units involved thousands of casualties, UK intelligence says.
The operation is gradually bringing Russian troops closer to the Avdiivka Coke and Chemical plant, where Ukrainian forces maintain one of their main defensive positions. Ukraine remains in control of a corridor of territory approximately 7 kilometers wide, through which it continues to supply the town.
The Russians have tried several times to storm Avdiivka, throwing several mechanized columns at the city, but they lost 80% of their equipment, the spokesman for the Joint Press Center of the Tavria Defense Forces, Oleksandr Shtupun, said on Nov. 22.
Before that, the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, said that during a month of active assaults on Avdiivka in Donetsk Oblast, Russia had lost about 10,000 soldiers.
The Russian military is losing soldiers and equipment near Avdiivka "faster and on a larger scale than, in particular, near Bakhmut," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said earlier.
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