The UK Ministry reports that Russia is at risk of experiencing significant loss of life from Ukrainian attacks in their rear positions.
According to the daily intelligence update from the British Defense Ministry, Russia is still experiencing a high number of casualties due to long-range precision attacks carried out by Ukraine far beyond the front line in the ongoing war.
The ministry reported that on November 10, a strike on a truck convoy in Hladkivka village, located 23 kilometers behind the front line in Kherson oblast, likely resulted in the deaths of over 70 Russian troops. Additionally, the ministry stated that a strike on an award ceremony or concert in Kumachove, situated 60 kilometers behind the front lines, likely caused “tens” of casualties on November 19.
The update reported that Ukraine has also experienced casualties, stating that 19 members of a Ukrainian brigade were killed by a Russian missile at a medal ceremony on November 3.
On Thursday, Ukrainian leaders and military personnel reported that Russia, which had been continuously attacking the city of Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine, is now deploying large numbers of troops to the strategically significant area. As a result, Russia is experiencing significant casualties.
Oleksandr, a deputy in the 47th mechanized brigade of the Ukrainian battalion, informed Agence France-Presse that the fields are scattered with dead bodies.
He stated that they are attempting to wear us down by continuously launching attacks on our lines. He chose not to reveal his full name due to security concerns.
This approach is reminiscent of the tactics employed by Russia in their capture of Bakhmut.
According to Ukrainian officials, Russia has been attempting to take control of the small city from Ukraine since mid-October, but has been unsuccessful thus far. The city is located 5 kilometers away from Donetsk, the capital of the region that is currently under Russian control. This region is one of four that Moscow claims to have annexed from Ukraine.
In 2014, separatists supported by Russia seized Avdiivka, but Ukrainian forces reclaimed it shortly after. Since then, they have been strengthening their defenses in the area.
According to Vitaliy Barabash, the head of Avdiivka’s military administration, the city’s prewar population of 32,000 has been reduced to approximately 1,400 residents due to the intense Russian attack.
Barabash stated on Channel 24 TV that the city experiences an average of eight to 16 to 18 air attacks daily, with occasional spikes of up to 30. However, Russian reports on the ongoing war seldom acknowledge the situation in Avdiivka.
Reuters was unable to confirm the battle updates from both parties on its own.
According to Ukrainian officials, a Russian attack in the southern region of Kherson on Thursday resulted in the deaths of four individuals and injuries to five others.
According to Ihor Klymenko, the Interior Minister of Ukraine, the attack caused damage to over 60 residential and infrastructure structures.
According to Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukraine’s presidential office, initial reports suggest that the shelling involved the use of cluster munitions. However, VOA was unable to confirm this independently.
Last year, the Russian army left Kherson but continues to frequently attack the area from the eastern side of the Dnipro River.
On Thursday, Russian state television reported that a journalist from their country passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a drone attack by Ukraine in the Zaporizhzhia region of southern Ukraine, which is currently under Russian control.
The Russian network reported the passing of Boris Maksudov, one day after the Russian defense ministry stated that he was injured while on duty in Zaporizhzhia.
During his evening speech on Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized the provision of new military aid from allies, specifically mentioning support for the country’s air defense.
Zelenskyy stated that the assistance would enhance the defense of Ukraine’s urban areas against Russian assaults and that the country’s aerial defense system is continuously increasing in strength each month.
The sources for this report include The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, and Reuters.