Russia Says Advancing On All Fronts In Ukraine

Moscow, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 2nd Dec, 2023) Russia said on Friday its troops were advancing in every section of the Ukrainian front, despite observers seeing little movement.

The front lines have barely shifted in 2023 but fighting has remained intense. The latest major flashpoint is the nearly encircled industrial town of Avdiivka, where Ukraine said it was fending off assaults.

“Our servicemen are acting competently and decisively, occupying a more favourable position and expanding their zones of control in all directions,” Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday.

In a briefing with Russia‘s top military brass, Shoigu said his men were “effectively and firmly inflicting fire damage on the Ukrainian armed forces, significantly reducing their combat capabilities”.

His ministry announced on Wednesday it had taken control of Khromove, a small village on the outskirts of Bakhmut in Ukraine‘s eastern Donetsk region, but other territorial gains have proved elusive.

Despite Moscow‘s insistence its forces were making headway, President Vladimir Putin issued a decree Friday that would boost troop numbers 15 percent.

“The increase in the full-time strength of the army is due to growing threats to our country linked with the special military operation and the continuing expansion of NATO,” the army said, adding that some 170,000 soldiers would join the force as a response to the “aggressive activity of the NATO bloc”.

In recent days, improving weather conditions — following powerful storms across southern Ukraine and Russia earlier this week — have enabled Russia‘s forces to intensify their assaults and use drones again, Ukrainian officials said.

Moscow has been throwing troops and equipment at the war-battered town of Avdiivka in a bid to encircle and capture the industrial hub.

Analysts suggest they have made incremental gains — though at an enormous human cost — while Ukraine said its troops were continuing to fend off Russian attacks.


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