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General Staff: Ukraine repels Russian counterattacks against Robotyne, Andriivka

by Dinara Khalilova and The Kyiv Independent news desk October 30, 2023 11:08 AM 1 min read
A group of Ukrainian soldiers with the 10th Mountain Assault Brigade "Edelveys" prepares to open fire on the movement seen in the morning fog on the first line of defense near the Russian-occupied city of Bakhmut on Oct. 25, 2023. (Kostya Liberov/Libkos via Getty Images)
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Russian troops made unsuccessful attempts to regain lost positions near Robotyne in Zaporizhzhia Oblast and Donetsk Oblast's Andriivka, the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces reported on Oct. 30.

Ukraine liberated Robotyne in August and Andriivka in September.

In both regions, Ukrainian forces continue offensive operations south of Bakhmut and toward the key city of Melitopol as part of their five-month-long counteroffensive, the General Staff wrote.

Over the past day, the Ukrainian military reportedly repelled Russian attacks around Kupiansk in Kharkiv Oblast and in multiple settlements near Lyman, Avdiivka, Marinka, and Shakhtarske in Donetsk Oblast.

Russia has been intensifying its attacks against Avdiivka, a front-line town a few kilometers north of occupied Donetsk, for several weeks.

Record Russian armor, personnel losses in failed attempt to take Avdiivka by storm
Starting on Oct. 9, Russian forces launched an offensive at the flanks of the city of Avdiivka. It has been an undisputed failure so far.

Moscow has reportedly thrown in extensive force in an effort to encircle the town, suffering heavy losses in manpower and equipment in the process.

Russia has likely committed parts of at least eight brigades in the fight to capture Avdiivka, and the forces operating there have probably suffered some of Russia's worst casualty rates in 2023, the U.K. Defense Ministry reported on Oct. 28.

Avdiivka has stood on the front lines since the very start of Russia's war in 2014, but the new Russian offensive occurred after months of a comparatively static siege.

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