What are Russia's plan after seizing Ukraine city of Avdiivka? Putin reveals

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February 21, 2024

Avdiivka, once home to 32,000 residents, marks Putin's most significant battlefield achievement since capture of Bakhmut in May...

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council via video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia February 13, 2024. — Sputnik

After seizing the Ukraine city of Avdiivka, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared on Tuesday that Russian forces would extend their presence into Ukraine.

The victory of Avdiivka, once home to 32,000 residents, marks Putin's most significant battlefield achievement since the capture of Bakhmut in May 2023.

Television footage released by Russia's defence ministry depicted the aftermath, with almost every house in Avdiivka bearing the scars of war. President Putin, praising the overall success in Avdiivka, emphasised the need for a well-prepared and equipped continuation of their advances.

Speaking from the Kremlin, Putin asserted, "But that development must be well-prepared, provided with personnel, weapons, equipment, and ammunition. It seems to be self-evident, but nevertheless, I draw your attention to it."

The Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, expressed frustration, blaming the fall of Avdiivka on delays in receiving crucial weapons due to the US Congress' failure to approve a substantial aid package.

Kuleba warned of Russia's intention to press forward, saying, "Once Avdiivka is under their control, they undoubtedly will choose another city and begin to storm it."

Despite the Ukrainian military's withdrawal to prevent complete encirclement after months of fierce fighting, casualties were reported, and both sides claimed substantial losses.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy appointed a new commander last week, signaling a shift in strategy.

The US Senate recently passed a $95 billion aid package, including funds for Ukraine, but its fate remains uncertain in the House of Representatives. House Speaker Mike Johnson's decision not to bring it to a floor vote adds to the challenges faced by Kyiv.

Avdiivka, with a history marked by conflict and strategic significance, stands as a symbol of resilience. The town's Soviet-era coke plant, once among Europe's largest, now bears witness to the ravages of war.


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