The Avdiivka direction, in particular Peski, became the hottest area on the front. The occupiers cover the Ukrainian positions with heavy artillery fire.
In the battles near Avdiivka and Pesok in the Donetsk region, “just hell” is happening, which “can’t even be described in words,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said. The Avdiivka direction is regularly listed in the reports of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. It is united by settlements along the western outskirts of Donetsk – Sands are located south of Avdiivka. After five months of frontal attacks, the Russian invaders seem to have decided to encircle Avdiivka. Korrespondent.net tells the details.
The situation in Avdiivka: it is impossible to break the advantage of the occupiers in artillery
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy admitted in an evening address that the sector of the front in the Donetsk direction has turned into hell due to a lack of weapons and manpower.
“We still cannot completely break the advantage of the Russian army in artillery and manpower, and this is very felt in the battles, especially in the Donbass – Peski, Avdiivka, and other directions. It’s just hell there. It can’t even be described in words,” he said.
Zelensky added that Ukrainian diplomats are working hard every day to ensure that the Ukrainian Armed Forces get the weapons they need to stop the Russian occupiers, and thanked US President Joe Biden for the new defense aid package.
The President noted that the word “HIMARS“has become almost synonymous with the word “justice” for Ukraine.
“And the Ukrainian defenders will do everything to ensure that the occupiers experience more and more painful losses every week thanks to these very effective systems,” he said and stressed that every Ukrainian should always be grateful to the soldiers who defend Ukrainian positions, despite the tangible fire advantage enemy.
On this day, in the evening report of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine it was said that in the Avdiivka direction the invaders carried out assault operations in the direction of Mineralnoye – Avdiivka, but they were not successful and retreated. However, in the direction of Donetsk – Peski, the enemy achieved partial success.
Prior to that, during the five months of a large-scale Russian invasion, it was the front line near Donetsk that did not budge, as it became one of the most fortified in the eight years of the war.
Near occupied Donetsk: “The occupiers carried out assaults in the direction of Mineralne – Avdiivka, they did not succeed, they retreated. The enemy has partial success in the Donetsk-Pisky direction.”
–General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine report, 18:00, 2 August 2022 pic.twitter.com/hjOfaJl6xR
— Michael MacKay (@mhmck) August 2, 2022
In the morning report on August 3, there was only a short message: in the Avdiivka direction, the enemy was shelling the Avdiivka area, trying to improve the tactical situation, but to no avail – with losses, they retreated.
On August 3, the National Police reported that Avdiivka was the hottest spot in the Donetsk region over the past 24 hours. Russian troops fired on the civilian population from aviation, rocket launchers, artillery, Gradov and Hurricanes, tanks, law enforcement officers said and added that there were casualties and destruction of civilian objects.
Chairman of the Avdiivka City Military Administration Vitaliy Barabash reported Radio Donbass. The reality of August 2 is that some positions had to be withdrawn because there was nothing left. Here are his main theses:
In recent days, shelling in this area has intensified many times over. Cannon and rocket artillery, as well as aviation, are used.
The Ukrainian military retreated from their positions at the Butovka mine, because there is nothing to hold on to: there is nothing left.
Russian troops have had some success in Peski. Ukrainian units took people away from some positions. These positions are completely defeated by the invaders.
Constant attempts at assault actions are also continuing north of Avdeevka, in the areas of Kamenka and Krasnogorovka. Also, Russian troops are trying to storm the Avdiivka industrial area. But it is very difficult for them to advance there.
It has also become more frequent to fly to Avdiivka itself. The city has long been without electricity, water and gas. Despite this, about 2.5 thousand people remain there. Some have just decided to leave. And there are those who are already returning to the city from the evacuation.
The Russians cannot capture Avdiivka with direct attacks. So they try to advance from the flanks.
At the same time, American analysts from the Institute for the Study of War in reportpublished on the night of August 3, they write that Russian forces probably decided to attack Avdiivka head-on from the territory of the occupied Donetsk region, and not wait until the Armed Forces of Ukraine retreat from their prepared defensive positions.
Under the message of the General Staff about the partial success of the occupiers in this area, they probably mean the displacement of Ukrainian forces from the Butovo mine area to the south-west of Avdiivka, the ISW report says.
“In the near future, the enemy will also try to seize the highway connecting Pesky and Avdeevka. Attempts to storm Avdeevka for Russia have not previously brought significant progress,” American experts write in the report.
Section of the front near Avdiivka
The ISW adds that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been occupying positions near the Butovka mine since 2015, and over the years the area has been subjected to continuous shelling. Ukrainian forces have also previously identified Butovka as a strategic defensive point and the closest Ukrainian position to Donetsk.
What’s happening in Sands: the line of defense has broken
The Russian side claims that it has already partially occupied Peski, but this information is not confirmed. Journalist Bogdan Miroshnikov, in his microblog on Twitter, reports that today Peski is under the control of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, but there are intense battles.
Avdiivka-Pisky without changes! The Armed Forces are pouring the enemy very powerfully
Soledar – poor attempts to storm near Bakhmutskyi and Yakovlivka ended in the escape of the orcs
The Seversky direction is also unchanged, orcs sometimes try unsuccessfully to storm
Fighting continues near Kodema
— Vasyl Stus (@v_stus) August 3, 2022
But the situation remains difficult. What will happen next – no one knows – the battles are dynamic. We can retreat or return the few hundred meters lost with counterattacks.
Please don’t say that someone is “surrendering” something there. The Armed Forces never surrendered anything. I’m saying it again.
We pray for the boys!
— Vasyl Stus (@v_stus) August 2, 2022
The fact that Peski is being held by Ukrainian forces is also reported by the former people’s deputy, Ukraine’s representative in PACE Borislav Bereza, who now serves in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
“Yes, it’s hellishly hard there now. But this is another hell that the ZSU have learned to overcome. And this is thanks to the heroism of our soldiers. The enemy is climbing out of all the cracks. Our soldiers are holding positions,” wrote he is in his Telegram channel on August 3rd.
According to him, the Armed Forces of Ukraine left only one of the lines of defense in Peski, which was under heavy massive fire from the invaders.
“There is no point in keeping people under deadly fire if there is a more advantageous position that will save the lives of soldiers and prevent the enemy from breaking through. We have several lines of defense there. And this is a common tactical maneuver,” Bereza said.
The main drawback of the Ukrainian forces is the lack of artillery, which “will be hard to reduce in the near future.”
“And today there is an artillery war. But at the moment, in the Pesok sector, the problem has been partially resolved. Help and reinforcements are already there. Therefore, we are holding Peski, although the enemy has concentrated a huge fist there for a breakthrough. Less panic. More confidence in the ZSU,” he stressed. he.
Aleksey Arestovich, adviser to the head of the President’s Office, announced the arrival of aid in Pesky the day before. “For a day or two, it was not just our military there, because of the concentration of superior enemy forces, especially in artillery. Help arrived there, we will fix everything now,” Arestovich said.
Warrior of the 21st battalion Sergei Gnezdilov, who is now defending Peski, spoke about the situation in the village, which was before the arrival of help.
“As I wrote earlier, 6500 shells per fucking village in less than a day. There are already six such days, and it doesn’t fit in my head how at least some of our infantry remains alive in this flurry of enemy fire,” he wrote on his Facebook page on 2 August.
According to him, the Ukrainian side practically did not respond to the fire of the Russian invaders.
“There is no counter-battery fire, from the word at all, the enemy, without any problems for himself, puts an artillery shell in our trenches, disassembles very strong, concrete positions in tens of minutes, without a pause and minimal rest, pushing through our defense line. The day before yesterday it broke down, and poured like water two hundred / three hundred. I will not publish any statistics, it is prohibited in our country, but you can’t even imagine the number and percentage of losses, “Gnezdilov wrote.
The Ukrainian serviceman writes that the Russian occupiers, after another flurry of artillery, “without problems” enter and occupy the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
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