Ukraine withdraws from villages on Eastern Front awaiting US aid

Russian forces have occupied or entered about six villages on Ukraine’s Eastern Front in the past week, worsening the situation in the region for the poorly armed and undermanned Ukrainian military as it awaits long-needed American military aid. It became clear that the situation was deteriorating.

“The situation on the front has deteriorated,” said General Oleksandr Shirsky, the commander-in-chief of Ukraine’s armed forces. statement The president announced on Sunday that troops had withdrawn from two villages west of Avdiivka, a stronghold in eastern Ukraine that Russia captured earlier this year, and another village further south.

Military experts say the Russian government’s recent advances are an opportunity to push ahead with the attack before the first wave of a new U.S. military aid package to help rescue U.S. troops arrives in Ukraine. This reflects the government’s desire to

Congress recently approved $60 billion in military aid to Ukraine, and President Biden signed it last week, vowing to expedite arms shipments.

“In an effort to seize the strategic initiative and break through the front lines, the enemy is concentrating its main efforts in several areas, creating a significant superiority in forces and means,” General Silsky said on Sunday.

Let’s take a look at the current situation here.

General Sirsky said the “most difficult situation” at the moment was around the villages west of Avdiivka, which Russia captured in February after months of heavy fighting. He said Russia had up to four brigades in the region with the aim of advancing on Ukrainian military logistics hubs such as the eastern city of Pokrovsk.

After Russia captured Avdiivka, Ukrainian forces retreated to a new defensive line about three miles to the west along a series of small villages that are now held by Russian forces. General Silsky announced on Sunday that he had withdrawn his forces from Berdiki and Seminivka, the last two villages in the region that were not yet under full Russian control.

Serhiy Kuzan, chairman of the non-governmental research organization Ukraine Center for Security Cooperation, said Ukraine’s military was forced to “choose between a bad situation and an even worse situation” and decided to lose territory rather than soldiers. .

Further complicating the situation, Russian forces took advantage of a gap in Ukrainian positions to break through the northern part of this line of defense and rapidly advance into the village of Ocheretine. The village is located on the road leading to Pokrovsk, about 29 miles west. It is unclear whether Russian forces have gained complete control of the area.

of War Research InstituteA Washington-based think tank said Sunday that Russia’s gains in Ocheretine forced the Russian military command to choose between continuing westward toward Pokrovsk, a town that has been under relentless Russian attack in recent weeks. He said he was faced with the choice of heading north toward Chasif Yar. .

According to Ukrainian officials, as many as 25,000 Russian troops are participating in the attack on Chasiv Yar. Chasib Yar is located approximately 11 miles west of Bakmut and is located on strategic heights.

Its capture would put the town of Kostiantyniuka, about 16 miles southwest, in Moscow’s direct line of sight. The town is a major supply point for the Ukrainian army along most of the Eastern Front.

If Russian forces advance north from Ocheretine, there is a possibility that they will pincer Kostiantynivka from the south.

“The Russian military currently has the opportunity to achieve significant operational gains in the vicinity of Chasif Yar and is preparing reserves to support large-scale offensive operations expected this summer,” War Research. The agency said in a report on Sunday.

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