Ukraine war: Avdiivka mayor says situation “difficult” as Russian forces press attacks

Source: Reuters

“Large numbers of Russian troops are attacking Avdiivka in [Donetsk, which seceded from Ukraine in 2014] from all directions, and the situation is increasingly difficult for Ukrainian troops defending the town, its mayor said on Thursday. Russian forces have taken the initiative on the eastern front in the industrial Donbas region [formerly] of Ukraine and have been trying to cut supply lines and encircle Ukrainian forces dug in at Avdiivka since October. ‘The enemy is pressuring from all directions. They are storming with very numerous forces,’ Avdiivka mayor Vitaliy Barabash said in televised comments, describing the situation as ‘very difficult and hot.’ Pounded by fighting in the region since 2014 that surged in February 2022 when Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Avdiivka has sustained heavy damage.” (02/08/24)