Cold weather is coming to the Ukrainian frontlines. The first snow fell on the battlefield in some areas, while rains continues in others. The deterioration of the weather certainly affects the ongoing hostilities. However, while the Kiev military is trying to justify its defeats in the battle with “bushes and mud,” according to British intelligence; and NATO is hysterically blaming Putin for using frost as a weapon, the Russian military continues to advance through the heavily fortified Ukrainian strongholds in the Donbass.
In recent days, Russian forces have achieved new gains in Avdeevka. They broke through Ukrainian defenses in the industrial zone in the south of the city. Russian fighters took control of new positions near the Yasinovataya-2 station, which the Ukrainian army had been strengthening for years in the Anti-Terrorist Operation against the people of Donbass. Despite the fierce Ukrainian resistance the mop up operation in this area continues.
Russian fighters also retain the military initiative on the northern flank of Avdeevka. Over the past week, the Russian military has expanded its zone of control along and across the railway line, fighting has also approached the outskirts of Novokalinovo. In Avdeevka itself, Russian forces took control of industrial buildings in the ash dump area and entered the territory of the coke and chemical plant. Ukrainian soldiers are forced to hide in the basements of a huge factory, as they did in Azovstal in Mariupol.
After long months of bloody attacks around Bakhmut, the Ukrainian military lost the initiative in this area and finally went on the defensive. Russian troops continue their assault on Kleshcheevka and are advancing on its northern part. Battles for the main stronghold to the northwest of the village is still ongoing. Andreevka again moved into the gray zone. On the northern flank of Bakhmut, Russian forces have taken full control of the territory around the Berkhovka Reservoir and are aimed to cut the strategically important road used by the Ukrainian group in Khromovo.
Last week was marked by attempts of Ukrainian forces to launch attacks near Gorlovka. Several of their assaults were repelled on the western outskirts of the city. Such operations are most likely aimed to force the Russian command to transfer reserves from other areas.
Meanwhile, encounter battles continue in the Zaporozhye region. The Russian military repels Ukrainian assaults and counterattacks. Neither side has any advantage at the moment, but Ukrainian forces do not abandon attempts to break through the Russian defense.
On the eastern bank of the Dnieper, fighting continues at the Ukrainian bridgehead in Krynki. The central part of the village remains under the control of Ukrainian forces, who sometimes expand their zone of control. They advanced slightly to the north but were almost repelled from the forest areas to the south.
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In recent days, the Russian military has achieved an important tactical success in the Donbass. An industrial zone in the southeastern part of Avdeevka came under their control.
While this is only a small part of the town its capture has important strategic and psychological consequences for both sides.
Avdeevka, and especially its southeastern part, was continuously fortified by Ukrainian troops during the war in the Donbass. The town was turning into a springboard for the Ukrainian offensive on Donetsk. Various glorified units of the Donbass militia suffered losses in heavy battles in the industrial zone since 2015.
The fighting did not stop after Russia entered the war. The Russian assault on the area began on November 9. The main role in the operation was reportedly played by the ‘Veterans’ assault brigade. Russian forces crossed the Donetsk Ring Road, reached the outskirts and began fighting Ukraine from several directions. They had to destroy several heavily fortified Ukrainian positions, which were equipped with underground tunnels and firing positions with heavy machine guns with a good view all around. Ukrainian servicemen held their defense there for several days, despite the heavy fire of Russian tanks.
November 24 was the key day of the assault. Ukrainian operational headquarters left the industrial zone by order of their supreme command. Ukrainian officers left their soldiers to continue a meaningless defense. Having set fire to the headquarters, they headed north on foot. On the same day, initial reports claimed that Russia was in control of the area.
As of November 27, the Russian military is completing the mop up operation, as remnants of the Ukrainian army are still hiding in some basements.
Russians are now strengthening the front line of defense, preparing for further offensive operations. Ukrainians are trying to launch local counterattacks, but in vain.
They were forced to retreat northwest to the residential areas. One of their new strongholds is the Baykovoe Cemetery. Unlike its southern part, which is coming under Russian control, the town of Avdeevka is located in a lowland.
The advance in the industrial zone in the southeast has become a great threat to the Ukrainian forces remaining in the forest area of the country complex Tsarskaya Okhota – the southern gate of the town. Ukrainian retreat from there is only a matter of time.
The battle for Avdeevka is one of the key battles for Donbass. It allows Russia to destroy the nest of Ukrainian Nazis, from where they have been shelling Donetsk and its outskirts for years, killing thousands of civilians.
The Russian advance confirms that the Russian army is successfully applying the experience of liberating the Donbass, after victories in Bakhmut, Severodonetsk, Lisichansk, Soledar, Rubezhnoe, Mariupol, etc. The Ukrainian army did not take a single city with a fight in this war.