Fierce fighting continues in Donetsk region.

The enemy concentrated its main efforts on the Bakhmut and Avdiiv directions, trying to break through the defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Serhiy Cherevaty, the spokesman of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, told how the Russians are trying to break through the defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine near


and how they are using their new tactics.  

He said this in an interview


"The main task that they are, unfortunately, seriously doing is weakening our defenses somewhat. They hope that they will reach a critical point when our defenses are exhausted and they can find a gap there and break through that harrow. However, we are also increasing surveillance functions, we are improving the fire system for such maneuverable groups, and they have already felt it in recent days," he explained.

According to Cherevaty, the creation of assault groups by the Russians is a forced step, because the occupiers suffered colossal losses.

Under the formation of assault groups,

the occupiers studied the tactics of the Ukrainian military during the defense of Kyiv region.

"They saw that their company's battalion-tactical structure does not give them any success at all, only equipment is destroyed and people die. Among other things, they studied our success during the defense of Kyiv region. We have been operating in small groups for a long time, we use various asymmetric attacks , in order to constantly keep the enemy in suspense. So that he constantly expects to be struck. That is why they adopted our practice somewhere. That is why they divided the battalions. Now they created detachments, which are proportional in number to the battalions. That is, the assault detachment is divided into groups and subgroups. But the main thing is that that they will continue to have absolutely no regrets about the personnel. 80% of all these assault units are former prisoners, they are thrown into the attack group by group. They are destroyed, a new group is coming again," explained the spokesman of the Eastern Group of the Armed Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

The situation in Donetsk region

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi said in an evening address on December 9 that

the Russians turned Bakhmut

into burnt ruins.

The situation at the front remains very difficult in key directions in Donbas.

Oleksandr Kovalenko, a military expert of the "Information Resistance" group, noted that if the Russian military does not capture Bakhmut, Avdiyivka and Vugledar in the Donetsk region, their southern group may have

problems with security. 

A video of a soldier of the Armed Forces pulling out a wounded comrade from the field in the Bakhmut area

under heavy fire got into the Internet .

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