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International News: Russia claims control of Avdiivka after months of heavy fighting

Posted: Sunday, February 18, 2024. 9:59 am CST.

By Horace Palacio: Russia announced on Sunday its successful capture of Avdiivka, a strategic Ukrainian town, marking its most substantial territorial gain since the capture of Bakhmut in May 2023. This victory comes nearly two years after President Vladimir Putin initiated a full-scale war by invading Ukraine, a move that has since plunged the region into relentless turmoil.

The Russian defense ministry detailed that its forces had progressed 8.6 km (5.3 miles) along a particular segment of the 1,000-km (620-mile) front line. The operation culminated in a deadly urban battle, leaving Avdiivka nearly deserted, a testament to the fierce resistance and the high cost of this conflict. Moscow’s triumph in Avdiivka was celebrated by Putin, who regarded it as a pivotal victory, extending his congratulations to the Russian troops involved.

The seizure of Avdiivka underscores the intense strategic contestation in the region, especially after Ukraine’s attempts last year to breach Russian defenses proved unsuccessful. Moscow has since been focused on weakening Ukrainian forces, coinciding with Kyiv’s contemplation of a new mobilization strategy and the appointment of a new commander to oversee the war efforts.

Despite the significant setback, Ukrainian forces made a tactical withdrawal from Avdiivka to prevent being encircled after enduring months of relentless combat. Some Ukrainian units remain entrenched within a vast Soviet-era coke plant in Avdiivka, highlighting the town’s critical role in the broader struggle for control over the industrial heartlands of the Donbas region.

The fall of Avdiivka has not only strategic but also symbolic significance, given its history and the extensive fortifications built by Ukrainian forces after recapturing the town from Moscow-backed separatists in 2014. This development has drawn international attention, with U.S. President Joe Biden expressing concerns over ammunition shortages faced by Ukraine, exacerbated by delays in military aid due to political opposition within Congress.

The White House has reiterated its commitment to supporting Ukraine, emphasizing the urgency of resolving the impasse over military aid. President Zelenskyy, speaking at a global security conference in Munich, called for an immediate resolution to the “artificial” weapons shortage, underscoring the dire need for enhanced military support to counter Russian advances.

As Russia consolidates its grip on Avdiivka, the victory is poised to bolster morale ahead of Putin’s anticipated re-election campaign next month. It also marks a critical step towards securing control over Donetsk, a regional hub contested since 2014.

The conflict, characterized by its heavy toll on both sides, continues to unfold with no immediate resolution in sight. Both Russia and Ukraine have been reticent about disclosing casualty figures, but the battle for Avdiivka has undoubtedly added to the war’s extensive human and material costs. As the situation evolves, the international community remains watchful, hoping for a peaceful resolution to a conflict that has reshaped the geopolitical landscape of Eastern Europe​.


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