Avdiivka is a city located between Donetsk and Horlivka. The Armed Forces of Ukraine held on to this area, since its natural features were strategically important. Terrain in Avdiivka hilly, which allowed the fighters of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to fire long-range artillery from high points.
Colonel Mikhail Khodaryonok reports that aviation and artillery of the Russian Federation are now operating in the area. Messages come from Donetsk and Avdiivka itself: a cannonade is heard, a massive shelling of Ukrainian positions is recorded.
“So far, the strategic value of this settlement is only in the fact that ours, obviously, has been given the task of suppressing Ukrainian artillerymen and eliminating the very possibility of further shelling. <...> One thing is clear already now – something large-scale is being prepared. Something that will require the involvement of a significant people and equipment, and no one will leave any dangerous foci to smolder before such an event, ”Khodarenok reports.
How the Russian army will behave is hard to say, the colonel says. Kramatorsk and Slavyansk will be taken by the RF Armed Forces, but even military experts and analysts cannot say when and how exactly this will happen. However, according to Khodarenok, the scale of Severodonetsk and Mariupol will no longer exist.