Ukrainian forces have conducted a “lightning-fast operation” which liberated the town of Andriyivka in just “two days.”
The operation saw the “elimination” of the 72nd separate motorized rifle brigade of Russia in the town based in the Donetsk region.
Ukrainian forces are constantly gaining new footholds in various positions of undisclosed areas which is seeing vast losses on both sides.
The third Ukrainian Separate Assault Brigade said in a statement, “As a result of a lightning-fast operation, the Russian garrison of Andriyivka was surrounded, cut off from the main forces and destroyed.
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“In two days, the third Separate Assault Brigade eliminated: the head of the enemy’s brigade reconnaissance; three battalion commanders; almost the entire infantry of the 72nd brigade, along with officers and a significant amount of equipment.”
The Brigade command said, The capture and retention of the village of Andriyivka is our path to a breakthrough on the right flank from Bakhmut, and the key to the success of the entire further offensive.
“We are paying a high price for the results of these battles. And the blood of each of our fighters will be repaid only with blood.”
The press officer of the third Special Operations Brigade Oleksandr Borodin said the town was completely destroyed, adding there was no civilian population left in Andriyivka.
Borodin said on Friday, “There are no civilians there. This is a fairly small settlement, there were only Russian soldiers there and for quite a long time.
“That is, it’s not even weeks or a month – many months, if not since winter, there has been no one there. Since the settlement is small, and it was heavily damaged when the enemy attacked in the winter, when they were advancing.
“Even then it was very much destroyed, and now what remains is what remains.”