Russian troops seek to seize Avdiivka, because it is the "gateway" to the full occupation of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The situation around the city is worsening, and if the command of the Armed Forces decides to leave this fortified area, there will be no disaster.

This opinion was expressed by a military expert, reserve colonel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Petro Chernyk in an interview with Channel 24.

Chernyk noted that the enemy's strategy is clear: the Russians have the task of reaching the administrative borders of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The occupiers realized that they were not achieving the main goal in this phase of the war – Ukrainian statehood was being maintained.

Why do the Russians need Avdiivka?

"However, Vladimir Putin needs good results for his own ritual, and for tyrants, rituals are sacred. From the enemy's point of view, the full occupation of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is a good result. After all, this is a case of Belle. Avdiyivka is the gateway to this task," he explained. expert.

He commented on the thesis that the military leadership of Ukraine needs to decide something: either to strengthen the defense of Avdiyivka, or to withdraw troops from there, so that Bakhmut does not happen again.

"There is also a nuance here. We were also heartbroken that in the event of a defeat in the direction of Bakhmut, there would be a catastrophe, but this did not happen. Bakhmut is theirs, but the Russians were unable to advance all the nearby dominant heights," Chernyk pointed out.

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Should the Armed Forces continue to defend Avdiyivka?

"The situation around Avdiivka is worsening. If our command comes to the conclusion that this fortified area should be left, then there will be no catastrophe. We understand that battles in wars can be lost. It is extremely important to win the war," the reserve colonel said.

He also considers it a correct strategy that Avdiivka, like Bakhmut, should be held in order to bleed the Russian army there.

"There are no other options until Ukraine is provided with a large number of aircraft and a serious missile and bomb load for this aircraft, as well as a large number of long-range ATACMS missiles, especially up to 300 kilometers. I emphasize an important detail - a large number, because 10-30 missiles" they don't change the weather. The breakdown starts at 1,000 and above, then everything changes," Chernyk emphasized.

Ukraine is in the third stage of the classic industrial war

In his opinion, today Ukraine is in the third stage of the classic industrial war. According to its laws, whoever destroys the enemy's strategic resources better will eventually win.

"The fact that we killed more than 15,000 Russians under Avdiivka alone on October 7, which is equal to the Soviet Union's loss in the war in Afghanistan, is quite serious. Technically, the ratio is 1 to 30 within a week - this is something incredible." , - assessed the expert.

It will be recalled that on February 13, the spokesman of the 110th OMBr named after Mark Bezruchka, Ivan Sekach, reported that powerful reinforcements had arrived in Avdiyivka to hold the city.

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