On the front in the Donbass, Ukraine threw one of its best brigades to save Avdeevka.
The command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine strengthens Avdeevka against the background of demands of the Russian Federation to capture the city, Forbes reports.
“There are good reasons to believe that one of the best brigades of the Ukrainian army – the 3rd Assault Brigade – could have been sent to rescue Avdeevka. This is the only Ukrainian ground combat brigade that we know for sure, that as of last week it was in reserve in the east of Ukraine,” the publication writes.
Now, after four months of fighting, the Russian invaders broke through the defenses of Avdeevka and approached the main road along which the Ukrainian garrison, centered on the 110th mechanized brigade, receives supplies to the city. Having decided to stay and fight, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are taking a huge risk, journalists believe.
The main task of fresh Ukrainian forces in Avdeevka is to reduce the pressure on the main asphalted road from east to west to the center of Avdeevka, Hrushevsky Street. The 3rd Assault Brigade conducted one of the last victorious battles in the Ukrainian offensive of 2023 and liberated the town of Andreevka, 25 miles north of Avdeevka.
“This victory gave the brigade the opportunity to rest, retrain, recruit new soldiers and, if the rumors are true, re-equip with American-made M-2 combat vehicles,” the article says.
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“At that time, the commander of the group “Tavria” Alexander Tarnavskyi there were two options. Withdraw the surviving units of the 110th brigade from the open eastern part of the city and consolidate the Ukrainian line in the center of Avdeevka or immediately outside the city, in the West. Or will he strengthen the 110th brigade and try to push back the much larger Russian forces from the remaining supplies of the garrison,” the material says.
Perhaps, it is noted in Forbes that the final decision was not made by Tarnavsky. Last week, the president Volodymyr Zelenskyi fired Valery Zaluzhnyi from the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, replaced him with a general Alexander Syrsky.
“Zaluzhny has a reputation as a supporter of mobile defense with the goal of minimizing Ukrainian losses. Syrsky, on the contrary, has a reputation – deserved or not – of a person who agrees to heavy losses in stubborn, static battles. It is possible that, promoting Syrsky, Zelensky signaled his intention to fight for Avdeevka. Let it be at a high price,” the article said.
At the same time, the slow collapse of Avdeevka’s defenses in recent weeks may have forced the brigade to suspend training and return to the front.
“One can only guess what will happen next in Avdeevka. If the 3rd Assault Brigade is really transferred to the city, then we should expect a counterattack on the positions of the Russians in the area of Hrushevskogo Street. However, when there is no ammunition left, it will not matter whether there will be one in Avdeevka Ukrainian brigade or two. The decision of the Ukrainian command to fortify the city, at best, will be controversial. At worst, it can lead to bloodshed,” analysts add.
The 719th day of the large-scale armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine has begun. The enemy continues to ignore the laws and customs of warfare, using terror tactics. Over the past day, 100 combat clashes took place at the front, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported on the morning of February 12.
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