After months of extremely heavy combat that have resulted in some of the greatest losses of Russian forces since the illegal invasion began, the situation in Avdiivka appears to be rapidly deteriorating. Unless something changes within the next day, there is a strong possibility that Ukraine could lose its first city since the fall of Bakhmut.
Both Ukrainian and Russian sources are reporting that Russia has extended its foothold in the city, driving Ukrainian troops back and making the small area, which was already surrounded by Russian forces on three sides, very difficult to defend.
Until recently, Ukraine had enjoyed a massive advantage in Avdiivka when it came to losses, with a battalion commander in the area reporting that Russia had lost 12 men for every one lost by Ukraine. But now that the fighting is taking place at a closer range, with forces moving from street to street, that ratio is rapidly decreasing.
Many in Ukraine have leveled the blame for Avdiivka’s declining prospects not on Russia’s willingness to throw out endless “meat waves” of expendable troops, but on another villain: the United States Congress.
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