Copyright © 2021

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Fierce fighting continues within Avdiivka, commander says; sources report retreat from the city

Sector commander Tarnavskyi says fierce fighting goes on in Avdiivka, Donetsk Oblast, as Ukraine continues to prepare new positions and fortifications with all possible scenarios in mind.
Ukrainian soldiers at the frontline. Photo: Ukraine’s General Staff via Facebook
Fierce fighting continues within Avdiivka, commander says; sources report retreat from the city

The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to defend Avdiivka from the Russian army and restrain the enemy’s advance, with fierce fighting continuing within the city, says Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, the commander of the sector, adding that the troops get additional munitions.

“Fierce fighting is taking place within the city. Our troops are using all available forces and means to deter the enemy,” said Tarnavskyi and noted that in addition to the allocation of additional ammunition, the troops are also undergoing planned reinforcement of units and maneuvering in threatened areas.

Situation near Avdiivka as of 17 February 2024. Map: Deepstatemap

Also, according to Tarnavskyi, Ukraine continues to prepare new positions and fortifications to be ready for all possible scenarios:

“Commanders on the ground know their task and fulfill it in accordance with the plan of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to stabilize the situation in this area. The command of the troops is stable and effective,” he said and emphasized that “the highest value and priority for us is to save the lives of Ukrainian soldiers.”

Tarnavskyi emphasized the reiterated military wording that the situation in the operational zone remains tense but under control. Ukraine’s defense forces continue to conduct a defensive operation, inflicting significant losses on the enemy, he says.

On 15 February, Ukraine’s Third Separate Assault Brigade officially confirmed its urgent deployment to the Avdiivka area to reinforce the Ukrainian garrison. According to the military, the situation was “extremely critical” when the brigade entered the city. Maksym Zhorin, deputy commander of the 3rd Brigade, said that fierce fighting was taking place in the area of Avdiivka, with the Russian army advancing from all sides.

Meanwhile, a Ukrainian military source reports on social media, that the Ukrainian troops are finally retreating from the nearly encircled city of Avdiivka, with the 3rd Brigade deployed to cover the relocation. According to the source, Ukraine controls only one dirt road connecting Avdiivka with the government-controlled territory.

Read also:

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here

    Related Posts