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Ukraine Says Russian Assaults Easing Round Avdiivka

Ukraine mentioned Thursday that Russian assaults on the almost encircled japanese city of Avdiivka had eased after a push by Moscow’s forces to seize the commercial hub.

Avdiivka, which has been on the heart of preventing between Ukrainian and Russian forces since 2014, got here beneath a renewed Russian effort final month to besiege the war-battered city.

“The variety of assaults there has barely decreased,” Ukrainian navy spokesman Oleksandr Shtupun mentioned.

“The enemy continues to attempt to encompass Avdiivka, however not so actively for the time being,” he added.

The city, which as soon as had a inhabitants of some 30,000, lies within the japanese Donetsk area that the Kremlin claimed to have annexed final yr regardless of not totally controlling it.

Shtupun mentioned Russian forces could possibly be regrouping to launch one other concerted wave of assaults however claimed Ukrainian forces had been largely in management.

Russian Protection Minister Sergei Shoigu mentioned this week that Moscow’s forces had been making features close to Avdiivka and mentioned Ukrainian efforts to reclaim territory had been “determined” and leading to losses.

Ukraine has launched a large-scale counteroffensive to reclaim captured territory however has had restricted successes in opposition to closely fortified Russian defensive strains.