Russian forces went on the offensive near Avdiivka after it became known that there were no civilians left there. This is what made it possible to turn a powerful Ukrainian fortified area into a concrete crumbling area.
A military observer of the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper spoke about this in a conversation with the Ukraina.ru publication. Viktor Baranetscommenting on the visit of the head of the DPR Denis Pushilin to the village of Peski, which has completely passed under the control of the allied forces.
As Baranets noted, the difficulty with the liberation of this settlement was that the Armed Forces of Ukraine “bite into the ground” there, breaking through the tunnels even between the basements of residential buildings.
However, despite the presence of powerful fortifications, Ukrainian soldiers were eventually forced to leave their positions.
“There were a huge number of civilians in this city. Before the start of the operation, there were 30,000 of them, then half left, leaving the old people, and then most of them left,” the KP observer recalled. “Only the civilian population kept us from wiping Avdiivka off the face of the earth.”
But in the end, Russian troops solved the problem with the fortified area of Ukrainian forces near Avdiivka. So the well-coordinated work of artillery and aviation left from the first line of defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine “a mixture of concrete chips and human bodies,” Baranets emphasized.
Even Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was forced to admit the catastrophic losses of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in manpower – he called the situation in Pisky “hell”. This once again confirms that the Russian army in this area had a significant advantage, Baranets concluded.