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Umerov: Russia has lost 4,000 soldiers in battle for Avdiivka

by Nate Ostiller and The Kyiv Independent news desk October 28, 2023 1:06 PM 2 min read
Ukrainian soldiers in the destroyed city of Avdiivka on Oct. 26, 2023 in Avdiivka, Ukraine. (Vlada Liberova / Libkos via Getty Images)
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Russian losses in Avdiivka amount to approximately 4,000, Defense Minister Rustem Umerov said on Oct. 28 in a phone call with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Ukraine's Ministry of Defense reported.

The previous day, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia had lost at least a brigade trying to capture the embattled city of Avdiivka, located in Donetsk Oblast, on the outskirts of the city of Donetsk.

A brigade in the Russian army can include between 2,000 and 8,000 personnel, according to open sources.

Russia has been intensifying its attacks against Avdiivka for several weeks. Moscow has reportedly thrown in extensive force in an effort to encircle the town, suffering heavy losses in manpower and equipment in the process.

Umerov also reiterated his appreciation for the continued support from the U.S. in his conversation with Austin.

Further provision of Army Tactical Missiles Systems (ATACMS) from the U.S. will help Ukraine strike further behind the front lines and hit Russian command posts, Umerov added.

Ukrainian forces began using  ATACMS on Oct. 17, successfully deploying them in a strike against Russian airfields in occupied territories that destroyed nine helicopters and other military equipment, as well as killing dozens of soldiers.

National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov said on Oct. 24 that the long-range weapons "exceeded expectations."

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