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Russia seems to have launched a renewed assault on a key japanese Ukrainian city as Kyiv’s prime normal warned that with out the availability of extra weapons, the Kremlin may destroy key positions on the entrance line.

Geolocated footage has proven dozens of Russian autos advancing north of Avdiivka, a Ukrainian city on the entrance line within the japanese area of Donetsk.

The Institute for the Study of War confirmed that Russian forces had made beneficial properties northwest, southwest and southeast of Avdiivka over Christmas and Boxing Day.

Russia has spent months trying to take the japanese metropolis, launching a number of waves of mechanised assaults utilizing a whole bunch of autos and hundreds of males.

A Ukrainian police officer takes cowl in entrance of a burning constructing that was hit in a Russian airstrike in Avdiivka


Thus far, the troops have made solely minor beneficial properties, measured in single kilometres and, at instances, mere metres, all of the whereas incurring vital losses in materiel and males.

General Oleksandr Tarnavsky, head of the Tavria group of Ukraine’s army, which oversees Avdiivka, claimed that as many as 20,000 Russian troopers had been killed or wounded within the final three months for the reason that assault on the town was ramped up.

But the overall additionally admitted that the state of affairs in Avdiivka is extraordinarily troublesome.

He mentioned that the Kremlin is continually growing its efforts to take Avdiivka, and believes that the Russian army has prioritised taking the japanese metropolis in 2024.

His feedback got here as Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu claimed that Kremlin forces had taken the close by metropolis of Marinka after months of heavy combating.

While that declare was disputed by Ukrainian officers, Ukraine’s army commander-in-chief General Valery Zaluzhny admitted that Russia had destroyed the town.

Ukrainian normal Valery Zaluzhny says Russia has the ability to destroy total cities in Ukraine subsequent 12 months

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The strategic worth in gaining Marinka and Avdiivka is questionable, however latest successes counsel that Russia has seized the initiative not less than on elements of the entrance line.

These successes are underscored by rising concern that the failure of Ukraine’s Western allies to ship further army assist to Kyiv may result in additional Russian beneficial properties in 2024.

Earlier this month, Republican politicians within the US blocked a $61bn (£48bn) army assist package deal proposed by the Biden administration for Ukraine.

In Europe, the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, an ally of Vladimir Putin, has blocked billions in further army support to Ukraine in addition to a €50bn (£43bn) monetary help package deal.

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, an ally of Vladimir Putin, has blocked additional European Union support to Ukraine


Borja Lasheras, a particular adviser on Ukraine to the European External Action Service, the European Union’s overseas and defence coverage arm, instructed The Independent that these obstructions meant there can be no substantial army assist for Kyiv for the primary three to 6 months of 2024.

“This gap significantly worries me,” he mentioned. “Ukrainians need ammunition desperately.”

John Foreman, who served because the UK defence attache to Moscow from 2019 to 2022 and to Kyiv in 2014, accused the Western alliance of handcuffing Ukraine.

“Making the Ukrainians fight with one hand tied behind their backs – whether on land, sea or air – has provided time and space for the Russians to regroup,” he instructed The Independent.

During his first press convention since Russia’s full-scale invasion final February, General Zaluzhny lamented that with out correct assist from Kyiv’s Western backers, in addition to a extra in depth mobilisation marketing campaign inside Ukraine, Russia may cut back Ukrainian cities to rubble in a matter of months.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, he mentioned: “Every piece of our land is dear to us, whether it’s Bakhmut or Avdiivka. We will defend our land as fiercely as possible. But if we do not have enough forces on this end, it is better to preserve our people’s lives.”

He added: “The enemy has the opportunity to amass forces, including artillery and aviation, in any sector, and they can turn any city into another Bakhmut in a matter of two to three months.”