Russian offensives to continue near Avdiyivka and Maryinka, Ukrainian military predicts

19 March, 10:42 PM
Russian invaders (Photo:Main Directorate of Intelligence)

Russian invaders (Photo:Main Directorate of Intelligence)

Russian invasion forces will continue their offensives near Avdiyivka and Maryinka in Donetsk Oblast, a representative of the Tauride Defense Forces, Oleksiy Dmytrashkivskyi, said on national television on March 19.

He said Russia deploying the last of its reserves on the Avdiyivka and Maryinka axes.

"Yesterday and the day before yesterday, units of the 98th Airborne Division were deployed – it was the special forces of this unit," said Dmytrashkivskyi.

“And last night we learned about the deployment of two additional tank companies. This is due to the fact that they are losing equipment."

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Ukraine’s General Staff on the morning of March 19 reported that Ukrainian forces had destroyed 21 Russian tanks in the previous 24 hours.

Meanwhile, a calm period is expected on the Vuhledar axis at this stage, Dmytrashkivskyi said.

"But the enemy continues to shell with cannon artillery, multiple rocket launchers, and (conduct) air strikes," said the Defense Forces representative, adding that the Ukrainian military sees troops massing and moving there.

“This is happening constantly and (the Russians) are carrying out quite powerful attacks."

Dmytrashkivskyi said there is currently a slight lull on the Zaporizhzhya section of the front, but positional fighting continues.

"Our soldiers are trying to take slightly different positions to have better opportunities for a counter-offensive in the future," Dmytrashkivskyi said.

"Attacks continue on the Donetsk section of the front. There were 317 attacks over the last day."

According to the Ukrainian military’s General Staff, Ukrainian troops repelled 83 enemy attacks on March 18. The invading forces are continuing their offensive on the Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiyivka, Maryinka and Shakhtarsk sections of the front.

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