The Russian Army has attempted to storm the city of Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine in a human wave operation which has cost Vladimir Putin more than 3,000 troops in three days, which has been a huge blow on the frontlines.
Ukraine’s general staff has vowed his forces will “beat the occupier,” and said that Russian forces had lost 1,120 on 7 December, 8 December 7,990 and on 9 December 900 were killed in action.
A spokesman for the Defence Forces of the Tavria region, Oleksandr Shtupun said that Russian forces are pressing on in the eastern Donetsk region.
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He said, “The enemy continues to try to advance. Almost all of his activity is concentrated in the Avdiivka and Maryinka areas. More than 90% of the clashes of the past day took place there.”
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said that Russian forces have made gains in the area, they added, “Geolocation footage released on December 8 shows that Russian troops have advanced to the treatment facilities south of Krasnohorivka (5 km northwest of Avdiivka).
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Russian forces conducted offensive operations near #Avdiivka and made a confirmed advance on Dec. 8. Geolocated footage published on Dec. 8 indicates that Russian forces advanced to the sewage treatment plant south of Krasnohorivka (5km NW of Avdiivka). (1/3) https://t.co/BM5IkwXw9w pic.twitter.com/2KQiDpzh6w
— Institute for the Study of War (@TheStudyofWar) December 9, 2023
The ISW said iIn an update on 7 December 7, “Russian and Ukrainian officials have reported that Russian crypto-mobilisation efforts produce roughly 20,000 to 40,000 personnel a month, a rate that could be lower than Russia’s current casualty rate in Ukraine.
The US think tank added, “Ukrainian officials reported in spring and summer 2023 that Russia recruits roughly 20,000 personnel through crypto-mobilisation efforts per month.
“Ukrainian officials have reported that the Russian force grouping along the Kharkiv-Luhansk Oblast front has roughly not changed since summer 2023, suggesting that the commitment of new personnel to the area is offsetting Russian losses but not increasing the strength of that grouping.