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Ukraine pulls back from three villages in east as Russia claims gains | Russia-Ukraine war News

The update from Ukraine’s commander-in-chief comes as under-armed kyiv awaits a new shipment of U.S. arms.

Ukraine’s commander-in-chief said kyiv’s outnumbered troops retreated to new positions west of three villages on the Eastern Front, where Russia has concentrated significant forces in several locations.

Sunday’s statement by Col. Gen. Oleksandr Syrskii reflects Ukraine’s deteriorating situation in the east, which kyiv hopes it can stabilize once it receives U.S. weapons under a US aid program. $61 billion approved in the United States this week.

“The situation at the front has worsened,” Syrskii wrote on the Telegram app, describing the “most difficult” areas as being west of occupied Maryinka and northwest of Avdiivka, the town captured by Russian forces in February.

kyiv’s troops, he explained, took up new positions west of the villages of Berdychi and Semenivka, both north of Avdiivka, and Novomykhailivka, further south, near the town of Maryinka. .

“In general, the enemy achieved certain tactical successes in these areas, but could not achieve operational advantages,” Syrski said, adding that Russia committed four brigades to the assault.

Freshly rested Ukrainian brigades were rotating through these areas to replace units that had suffered losses, he explained.

His statement did not mention the status of Novobakhmutivka, another village near Berdychi, which the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday had captured by its forces.

Superior ammunition and air power

Al Jazeera’s John Holman, reporting from kyiv, said Russian forces are concentrating on several different points along the front line.

“It gives them the initiative on the battlefield,” Holman also said, adding that the Russian side has superior munitions and air power.

He said Ukrainian army personnel on the front line told Al Jazeera that “they were being shelled six or seven to one.”

Holman added that the Ukrainian military is waiting for the recently approved U.S. aid to arrive and is using it to reduce the firepower disparity between the sides.

Ukrainian officials say the aid is essential to preventing Russia’s two-year-old invasion.

Moscow troops have been advancing slowly since capturing the stronghold town of Avdiivka, taking advantage of Ukraine’s lack of artillery shells and manpower.

Online battlefield maps produced by open source intelligence analysts suggest they have advanced more than 15 km (9.3 miles) toward the village of Ocheretyne since Avdiivka’s capture.

Further along the front, the Ukrainian town of Chasiv Yar is a key emerging battlefield due to its position on high ground that could serve as a gateway to the towns of Kostiantynivka, Sloviansk and Kramatorsk.

Syrskiy described Chasiv Yar and the village of Ivanivske to the northeast as the “hottest spots” on this part of the front. The Russian Defense Ministry said it repelled Ukrainian counterattacks near Chasiv Yar.

At the same time, which could prove worrying for Ukraine, Syrskii said his forces were closely monitoring the increase in the number of Russian troops in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine’s second largest city.

The northeastern city of 1.3 million people – located just 30 km (18.6 miles) from the Russian border – has been hit by air attacks in recent months in what kyiv called an effort deliberate by Moscow to make Kharkiv uninhabitable.

Syrskii said there were signs that Russia was directly preparing for an offensive in the north of the country.

“In the most threatening directions, our troops were reinforced with artillery and tank units,” he said.

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