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Russia Asserts Control Over Avdiivka Coke Plant, advances to Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv and Donetsk

WorldRussiaRussia Asserts Control Over Avdiivka Coke Plant, advances to Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv and Donetsk

Russian military forces have seized control of the coking plant in Avdiivka. This strategic stronghold, located just 15 kilometers from the occupied city of Donetsk, served as a refuge for retreating Ukrainian defenders before falling into Russian hands.

Reports from Russian state news agencies on Monday confirmed the full control of the coking plant by Russian forces, following the capture of most of Avdiivka over the weekend.

The Ministry of Defense, quoted by TASS, stated that Russian flags now fly over the administrative buildings of the plant, signaling the extent of Russian control.

The RIA news agency released footage showing sporadic explosions at what appears to be an industrial facility, indicating the intensity of the conflict in the area.

The fall of Avdiivka marks Russia’s most significant victory since the capture of Bakhmut in May 2023, underscoring the advancing presence of Russian forces in the region.

Analysts from the US-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) highlight the broader strategic implications of these developments.

Following the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from Avdiivka, Russian forces are reportedly initiating attacks on Ukrainian positions in multiple directions, including Zaporizhzhia, Kharkiv, and Donetsk regions.

According to the ISW report, Russian military operations are underway along the border of Kharkiv and Luhansk regions, with a focus on areas like Kupiansk and Liman.

Additionally, the Russians are actively engaged in and around Avdiivka, consolidating their control over key territories.

The report also points to the area of the Rabotino settlement in the western part of the Zaporizhzhia region as another focal point of Russian offensive maneuvers.

The timing of these offensives is particularly notable, as they coincide with delays in Western aid to Kyiv.

Ukrainian Armed Forces representatives have voiced concerns over the activation of Russian troops and the simultaneous attacks across multiple fronts.

The situation on the ground reflects a strategic push by Russian forces to exploit vulnerabilities and advance their positions amidst the ongoing conflict.

The capture of Avdiivka’s coking plant underscores Russia’s determination to assert control over critical infrastructure and territorial assets in eastern Ukraine.

As tensions escalate and the conflict enters a new phase, the international community faces mounting pressure to address the crisis and prevent further escalation.

The fate of Avdiivka serves as a sobering reminder of the human cost of conflict and the urgent need for diplomatic efforts to de-escalate tensions and seek a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Ukraine.

In the face of escalating hostilities and the shifting dynamics of the conflict, the coming days will be crucial in determining the course of events and the prospects for peace in the region.

 

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