Avdiivka may fall due to artillery shells shortage, says war veteran

Yevhen Dykyi believes that Avdiivka can be surrendered due to a shortage of ammunition
Yevhen Dykyi believes that Avdiivka can be surrendered due to a shortage of ammunition

A shortage of artillery shells may lead to Avdiivka's surrender, former Aidar Battalion company commander and war veteran Yevhen Dykyi told Radio NV on Feb. 1.

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"They (the Russians) can still make some insignificant advances during the winter, it is quite possible that they can make a final push on Avdiivka, unfortunately,” he said.

“If it weren't for the ammunition shortage, I would have said that Avdiivka could be held because the garrison is holding up brilliantly.”

He added that the ratio of casualties in the battle for the city is 1:12 in favor of Ukraine.

The situation near Avdiivka, described by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as "especially difficult," was discussed at the Headquarters of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Oleksandr Musienko, head of the Center for Military-Law Researches, said on Radio NV on Feb. 3.

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Despite numerous Russian attacks and challenging conditions, Ukrainian forces managed to stabilize the situation, he said.

Russian forces intensified their offensive on Avdiivka in October 2023, coinciding with mass strikes on the city.

In the first month of active assaults on Avdiivka, the aggressor country lost around 10,000 military personnel, said Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi.

Kyrylo Budanov, Ukraine’s HUR military intelligence service’s chief, declared in January that Russian losses in recent attempts to capture Avdiivka have significantly increased.

Ukraine's Armed Forces are dramatically outmatched by Russian troops in terms of available artillery ammunition, and this deficit is growing deeper every day, Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov said in a letter to his EU counterparts, reported by Bloomberg on Jan. 31.

On the same day, EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell said that by March, the EU would fulfill only 52% of its pledge to provide Ukraine with one million artillery shells in one year.

On Jan. 11, the European Commission announced that EU countries would be able to manufacture one million rounds only by the end of the winter of 2024.

Read also: Avdiivka situation remains difficult, Ukraine keeps it stable — Musienko

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