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Ukrainian forces report temporary decrease in intensity of fighting near Avdiivka

Ukrainian military at the front
Ukrainian military at the front

Russian troops have slightly reduced the pace of their attacks in the Avdiivka sector, but Defense Forces are preparing for a resumption of assaults, spokesman for the Tavria sector Oleksandr Shtupun announced on national television on Jan. 21.

Russian troops have not carried out air strikes in the area over the past two days. At the same time, the number of artillery attacks increased to over 700 on Jan. 20.

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"There were fewer combat engagements yesterday — only 30, and the use of FPV drones," said Shtupun.

“But the enemy is regrouping, and we are preparing for an increase in their activity.”

The number of Russian troops in the area remains unchanged at about 40,000, he said.

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Russian forces intensified their offensive on Avdiivka beginning in October 2023, simultaneously with massive strikes on the town.

Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi stated that Russia had lost about 10,000 troops during a month of active assaults on Avdiivka.

Head of the Main Intelligence Directorate, Kyrylo Budanov, stated that Russian losses during attempts to capture Avdiivka had recently increased significantly.

Shtupun reported on Jan. 20 that Russian troops are concentrating assault and offensive actions on Avdiivka and Novomykhailivka in Donetsk Oblast. They are mostly attacking with infantry, almost without the use of armored vehicles.

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