Ukraine withdraws from three eastern villages as Russia asserts its interests | Russia-Ukraine War News

Ukraine’s top commander said outnumbered Kiev forces had retreated to new positions west of three villages on the Eastern Front, where Russia has concentrated large forces in several locations.

Colonel Oleksandr Shirsky’s statement on Sunday reflects Ukraine’s deteriorating position in the east, with Kiev hoping it can be stabilized if it receives arms from the US under a $61 billion aid package approved by the US this week. are doing.

“The situation on the front has worsened,” Shirssky wrote on the Telegram app, explaining that the “most difficult” areas were west of occupied Mariinka and northwest of Avdiivka, a town captured by Russian forces in February.

He said Kiev forces had established new positions north of Avdiivka, west of the villages of Berdychy and Seminivka, and farther south, west of the village of Novomikhailivka, near the town of Mariinka.

“In general, the enemy achieved some tactical success in these areas, but was unable to gain operational advantages,” Oleksandr Shirsky said, adding that Russia committed four brigades to the attack. added.

He said freshly rested Ukrainian brigades are being rotated in these areas to replace units that have suffered losses.

His statement did not mention the situation in Novovakmutivka, another village near Berdiki, which the Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday that Russian troops had captured it.

Superior ammunition and air power

NDMT’s John Holman, reporting from Kiev, said Russian troops were concentrated at several different points along the front.

“This gives them the upper hand on the battlefield,” Holman said, adding that the Russian side has superior ammunition and air power.

He told NDMT that a Ukrainian military official on the front line told NDMT: “They are outnumbered 6-7 or 1-1.”

Holman added that the Ukrainian military is waiting for recently approved US aid to arrive, which will help close the firepower gap on both sides.

Ukrainian officials say the aid is critical to thwarting Russia’s two-year aggression.

Moscow’s forces have been slowly advancing since capturing the fortified city of Avdiivka, taking advantage of Ukraine’s lack of artillery shells and manpower.

Online battlefield maps created by open-source intelligence analysts suggest that they have advanced more than 15 kilometers in the direction of the village of Ocheretyn since capturing Avdiivka.

In addition, the town of Chasiv Yar, which is held by front-line Ukrainian forces, has taken on new importance due to its location on high ground, which could serve as a gateway to the cities of Kostyantynivka, Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. It has become a battlefield.

Silsky described Chasiv Yar and the village of Ivanivske to the northeast as “the hottest place” on that part of the front. Russia’s Ministry of Defense announced that it had repelled a counterattack by Ukrainian forces near Chasiv Yar.

Meanwhile, in a potentially worrying development for Ukraine, Shirsky said his forces were closely monitoring the build-up of Russian troops in the Kharkov region, Ukraine’s second-largest city.

The northeastern city of 1.3 million people, located just 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from the Russian border, has been hit by air raids in recent months, a deliberate effort by Moscow to make Kharkov uninhabitable. Kiev claims there is.

Shirsky said there are signs that Russia is preparing for a direct attack in the country’s north.

“In the most threatening direction, our armed forces are reinforced with artillery and tank forces,” he said.

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