Ukrainian forces eliminate nearly 500 occupiers near Avdiivka, capture one

Avdiivka
Avdiivka

In significant actions near Avdiivka, Ukrainian forces have eliminated almost 500 Russian soldiers and captured one occupier in the last day, Tavria operational group commander Oleksandr Tarnavskyi announced on Telegram on Nov. 18.

Actions included eight air strikes, 51 clashes near Tavria, and 974 artillery bombardments on Ukrainian positions.

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“Our soldiers are steadfastly holding the defense of Avdiivka. The enemy’s total losses amount to 456 individuals. One occupant surrendered and was taken captive,” he said.

Ukrainian forces destroyed 19 units of Russian equipment, including:

  • one tank

  • three armored personnel carriers (APCs)

  • two artillery systems

  • twelve unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)

  • one unit of special equipment

“Another 16 units of enemy military equipment were damaged,” he added.

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The Armed Forces continue to advance in the Melitopol direction, Tarnavskyi reported.

Russia’s offensive on Avdiivka — What is known

Russian troops intensified their offensive on Avdiivka on Oct. 10, launching massive attacks on the Donbas town.

The head of Avdiiivka’s military administration, Vitaliy Barabash, said that Oct. 10 saw “probably the largest attack on the city in the entire full-scale war,” but the situation was under control.

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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.

Barabash, said on Oct. 20 that Russian troops had launched a new wave of assaults. The situation remains difficult, he said at that time.

Since the beginning of the Russian offensive on Avdiivka, the losses of the Russian invasion forces in Donetsk Oblast amounted to 6,500 soldiers, Tavria Defense Forces spokesperson, Colonel Oleksandr Shtupun, said earlier.

Russian invasion forces have eased their attacks on Avdiivka to replace their losses and regroup, Shtupun said on Nov. 2.

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