Headline RoundupFebruary 17th, 2024

Ukraine Withdraws from Key Battleground Avdiivka as Russia Advances

Summary from the AllSides News Team

After months of fighting, Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from Avdiivka, paving the way for further potential Russian advances in Donetsk Oblast.

The Details: The withdrawal comes as Ukraine struggles with ammunition shortages after months of sustained fighting. By doing so it aims to prevent its troops from being surrounded by Russian forces. The town has suffered significant destruction, and most of its pre-war population of 32,000 has previously evacuated.

For Context: The European Union recently agreed on a $54 billion aid package for Ukraine, and this past week the U.S. Senate approved a $95 billion foreign aid bill that would send new aid to the war-torn country if the House agrees. Last week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy replaced his top general, Valery Zaluzhny, who was becoming increasingly popular with the people of Ukraine. 

Key Quotes: Zaluzhny’s replacement, Gen. Oleksandr Syrskyi, said in a statement, "I decided to withdraw our units from the town and move to defense from more favorable lines in order to avoid encirclement and preserve the lives and health of servicemen.”

How The Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum noted increasingly dire circumstances for Ukraine like munitions shortages and the growing probability of encirclement by Russian forces. Fox News (Right bias) and Reuters (Center bias) noted that Syrskyi was recently installed in a “major shakeup”, while The New York Times (Lean Left bias) did not.

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