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Avdiivka, Longtime Stronghold for Ukraine, Falls to Russians

Posted on AllSides February 17th, 2024
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Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Ukraine ordered the complete withdrawal from the decimated city of Avdiivka before dawn on Saturday, surrendering a position that had been a military stronghold for the better part of a decade, in the face of withering Russian assault.

“Based on the operational situation around Avdiivka, in order to avoid encirclement and preserve the lives and health of servicemen, I decided to withdraw our units from the city and move to defense on more favorable lines,” Gen. Oleksandr Syrsky, Ukraine’s top military commander, said in a statement issued overnight.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/17/world/europe/ukraine-avdiivka-withdraw-despair.html

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