The Russian leadership lies that the occupiers are in "active defense" near Avdiivka. The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation wants to hide the lack of progress in the offensive.
This was reported by analysts of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).
The report states that the Russians cannot translate tactical advances into operationally significant successes.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has said that offensive actions in Ukraine are part of "active defence". He is trying to reduce expectations about the Russians' ability to achieve important successes.
According to analysts, on December 1, Shoigu said that the Russians were seizing "more advantageous" positions. He noted the brigades that are believed to be operating in the eastern regions of Ukraine.
"Russian officials are deliberately misleading by calling these offensive actions part of 'active defense,'" analysts say.
Experts also noted that the command of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation should have pursued a certain operational goal if they openly stated that they were trying to capture Avdiivka. However, apparently, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is not confident in the ability of its troops to transform tactical level achievements into operationally significant successes.
Earlier, analysts reported that the Russian Federation was carrying out the third wave of assaults on Avdiivka, Donetsk region. Russian troops have increased the number of attacks by 30%, but the mercenary forces have become much weaker than during previous attacks.
However, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine claims that all losses of positions on both sides are temporary, as the situation is changing dynamically.
Colonel Oleksandr Shtupun, spokesman for the joint press center of the Defense Forces of the Tavriya direction, noted that fighting is currently ongoing, and the invaders do not stop trying to surround Avdiivka. The occupiers unsuccessfully stormed east of Novobakhmutivka, in the areas of Avdiivka, Severne and Pervomaiske.
"If we talk about a change in tactics due to the weather, then the leaves have crumbled, there is snow. The occupiers have nowhere to hide. Our guys see them. The enemy attacks in small infantry groups. The occupiers go so far as to pretend to be dead or cover themselves with the corpses of Russian attack aircraft eliminated earlier," the spokesman said.
The occupying army of the Russian Federation seeks to seize the territory of the Avdiivka Coke Plant, and therefore sends regular military personnel, including special forces, to storm. Without this enterprise, the Russians will not be able to capture Avdiivka.