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Tough Fighting for Avdiivka, Ukraine: Nine russian Tanks Destroyed in One Day (Photo)

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A russian T-80BV tank on fire after a hit inflicted by Ukrainian Defense Forces during the russian assaults on Avdiivka, December 10–16 / Photo credit: OSINTua on X
A russian T-80BV tank on fire after a hit inflicted by Ukrainian Defense Forces during the russian assaults on Avdiivka, December 10–16 / Photo credit: OSINTua on X

russian invasion forces spare no effort, nor manpower, nor equipment in never-stopping assaults in an attempt to take Avdiivka, an industrial town in eastern Ukraine

December 10–16, the russian army attempted one of the most powerful attacks in the Avdiivka operational axis, sums up his findings Ukrainian aerial reconnaissance officer, known as Kriegsforscher or @OSINTua on X (formerly Twitter).

In just one day December 12th, the russians lost nine main battle tanks. "The battle is cruel and really hard," he noted and published some photos of destroyed equipment he had taken using an aerial drone.

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Notable, the first one was the T-62 tank. The Ukrainian aerial scout assumed that the russians might have used it as an explosive kamikaze-type weapon. Still, in the end, the suspicious vehicle was neutralized before the conjecture could be verified.

Next, the aerial photos reveal multiple abandoned, damaged and destroyed russian combat vehicles, including tanks protected by slat armor cages: T-72B3M, T-80BV tanks, BMP-1, BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles, and MT-LB, VPK-Ural armored carriers.

The battlefield reveals the losses of russian attackers, including two T-80BV tanks
The battlefield reveals the losses of russian attackers, including two T-80BV tanks / Photo credit: OSINTua on X

Besides the cruelty of battles, these photos as well showcase the amount of pressure Ukrainian troops are currently in, with their enemy sparing no equipment or manpower to capture the Ukrainian town.

For a reminder, the russian invasion army intensified its offensive in the Avdiivka region on October 10th. Since then the Armed Forces of Ukraine have destroyed thousands of invaders and hundreds of battle vehicles there.

Earlier Defense Express also described the relatively new tactic russians were seen to deploy exceptionally often in the Avdiivka axis: deploying remote-controlled vehicles to resupply their heavily entrenched infantry units. In turn, ISW noticed how russian rhetoric has shifted toward their claimed "active defense" near Avdiivka amidst the lack of any significant progress on the offensive.

Avdiivka has been semi-encircled for months now, the battles forthe settlement are fierce and sometimes constitute up to 90% of daily losses of the russian army
Avdiivka has been semi-encircled for months now, the battles for the settlement are fierce and sometimes constitute up to 90% of daily losses of the russian army / Map credit: DeepStateUA
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