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Russia annexes Ukraine’s Avdiivka region, Putin considers important victory


Russian President Vladimir Putin praised his troops for capturing the city of Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine. He called it an ‘important victory’ following the hasty withdrawal of Kyiv troops.

Reported AFPSunday (18/2/2024), the capture of the city marked the most significant territorial gain for Russian troops since the capture of Bakhmut in May 2023.

“The president congratulated the military and our fighters on this important victory, on the success,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the state news agency.



Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Putin about the capture of the city in a meeting in the Kremlin. The Russian Defense Ministry called Avdiivka a ‘strong defense center’ for Ukraine’s armed forces.

Russia considers its conquest to ‘move the front line away from (the city of) Donetsk’ thereby reducing Ukraine’s ability to attack Russia. Ukraine’s Donetsk region is one of four regions Russia claims to have annexed.

Moscow has launched an onslaught to seize Avdiivka, located about 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of the city of Donetsk, since last October. Russia deployed huge resources of equipment and manpower to the city.

The Battle of Avdiivka was one of the bloodiest episodes of the two-year conflict. Kyiv previously announced it was withdrawing from the city, which it said was to reduce military casualties at a time when resources were limited.

“Currently, steps are being taken to clear the city of militants and block Ukrainian units that have left the city and are hiding in the Avdiivka coke factory in the north,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Moscow has resumed attacks in eastern Ukraine, while Kyiv is suffering from shortages of ammunition and manpower amid delays in much-needed Western aid and difficulties in recruiting more troops.

The front line has barely moved for more than a year – except when Russia captured Bakhmut last May.

But concerns are growing in Kyiv and Western countries about Ukraine’s ability to hold out against Russian forces for much longer without unlocking a $60 billion military aid package from the United States.


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