In recent days, the Russian military achieved strategically important gains in the northern part of Avdeevka in the Donetsk People’s Republic.
On February 4, Russian forces launched two attacks on the northern outskirts of the city. The first attack took place near the Donetsk filtration station located on the north-eastern outskirts of Avdeevka. As a result of the battles, the Russian military advanced in the area around the facility, which is still under the control of the ARmed Forces of Ukraine (AFU). Russian forces broke through Ukrainian defense west of the station and advanced more than 1 kilometer deep into Ukrainian territory. As a result, the H-20 highway was cutt off. At the same time, Russian forces expanded the zone of their control north and east of the station.
However, this was not the main direction of Russian offensive in the north of Avdeevka. The attack on the north-eastern flank was mainly aimed to distract Ukrainian forces in the city.
At the same time, Russian forces launched attack on the north-western outskirts of the city. The Russian strategy brought success.
As a result of heavy battles, Russian forces took full control of the residential district called Ivushka and reached the Blue Lake located on the northern outskirts of Avdeevka from the western direction. As a result of the further offensive, Russian forces took control of the field areas around the lake. As a result. the AFU were forced to retreat southward to the streets in the city.
Russian advance to the east of the Blue Lake is a strategically-important victory. This is the flooded sand quarry. On the eastern bank of it, there are the dominant heights, control of which allowed the Russian military to take fire control of a large part of Avdeevka.
The Russian offensive on the streets of Avdeevka did not stop. Over the past day alone, they advanced almost 1 km deep into Ukrainian defense on a wide front of about 4 kilometers. This is reportedly the largest Russian breakthrough during the battle for Avdeevka.
As a result, clashes reached Michurin, Sapronova and Lesi Ukrainki streets. According to the latest reports, Russian forces are about 250 meters from the railway road. Moreover, they already have less than 1 kilometer left to cut the main supply road of the Ukrainian grouping in Avdeevka, which comes from the village of Lastochkino.
Meanwhile, Russian aircraft and artillery are heavily pounding Ukrainian forces hiding in the city, as well as in the Coke and Chemical Plant, which may soon turn into another besieged fortress like Azovstal in Mariupol.
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