He told about this on Espresso.
“The enemy is actively storming Avdiivka, because, firstly, it is a short logistical shoulder from the occupied territories and directly from the territory of Russia. Second, the enemy already had starting positions before this, because this is the situation that we see on the map, arose not yesterday and a week ago either, but even earlier. This situation persisted, that is, the enemy tried to encircle Avdiivka in the winter at the beginning of this year, when active fighting was going on in the Bakhmut area. The enemy attacks then were not successful, so they this one venture suspended, as it turned out, for a certain period of time. Now, once again, the Russian soldiers began to actively advance with large forces. Indeed, it is not easy for our forces to be there today,” the director of the Center for Military Legal Research noted.
According to him, invading Russian troops are pursuing several targets, storming Avdiivka.
“The first goal is to finally seize the initiative from us in the south, i.e. to slow down our counteroffensive pace, to stop it altogether in the Melitopol direction and to divert our attention to the eastern front. The second is to demonstrate that it seems that Russian troops have seized the initiative from Ukrainian forces. The third is a propaganda information the effect that, in fact, the Russian army is still able to show some movements and bring some victories. And here the answer is directly about Avdiivka. The thing is that before this activation, the location of the units of the Russian troops allowed to start the movement as an encirclement, which is what they are doing there now “, Oleksandr Musienko explained.
Musienko added that Russia has told dozens of times about its intentions to create a cauldron or an encirclement near various Ukrainian settlements, that is, it is such a manic pursuit to create a cauldron, which they have not yet created.
What is known about the Russian offensive near Avdiivka
On October 11, the Institute for the Study of War noted that the Russian occupation army intensified its offensive around Avdiivka in Donetsk region. The city has been on the front line for almost 10 years, and now the occupiers are trying to encircle it
Instead, the General Staff reported that in the Avdiivka direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine repelled 10 enemy attacks in the Avdiivka area and another 8 attacks in the areas east of Stepovoy and southeast of Severny of the Donetsk region.
The head of the Avdiivka city military administration, Vitaliy Barayash, said that Russian terrorists threw up to 2,000 personnel for a massive offensive in the Avdiivka area.
On October 12, experts from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) named the real reasons for the Russian offensive on Avdiivka.
Vitaly Barabash also noted that the enemy is trying to concentrate on the north of the city, and is conducting unsuccessful assaults.
On October 13, it became known that in three days Russian troops captured 4.52 square kilometers of territory from different directions near Avdiivka. The occupiers suffer significant losses in equipment and manpower.