Battle of Avdiivka (2022)

battle in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

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Battle of Avdiivka
Part of the Eastern Ukraine offensive, 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, War in the Donbas
Battle of Avdiivka.jpg
A church destroyed in Avdiivka on 21 February
Date20 February 2022 – present
(1 month, 3 weeks and 4 days)
Location
Status Ongoing
Belligerents
 Ukraine
Commanders and leaders
Unknown Dzhemil Izmailov[1]
Artem Murakhovsky [2][3]
Units involved
DPR Armed Forces
 Russian Armed Forces

 Ukrainian Armed Forces

National Guard of Ukraine

Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown
3 civilians killed,[4][5] 1 injured[5]

The Battle of Avdiivka is a ongoing military engagement between the Russian Armed Forces and Donbas Separatist Forces on one side and the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the other. It is being fought over the town of Avdiivka, located in the Donbas Region.[6] Fighting started when violence erupted again in the Donbas and on 21 February, Russian president Vladimir Putin recognized the Donetsk People's Republic,[7] and the separatists started fighting again with Ukraine. Avdiivka was where the former Battle of Avdiivka was fought in 2017 and was destroyed, but was still held by Ukrainian forces.[6] Later when Russia invaded Ukraine, Avdiivka was one of the first places to be attacked.[8]

Battle

Fighting erupted on 20 February, when pro-Russian forces started fighting again in Avdiivka.[9] Donetsk forces entered the city, but were repelled.[10] On 21 February, it was reported that Russian troops were aiding the separatists in Avdiivka,[8] but Russia has denied it. When Russia started its invasion of Ukraine, Avdiivka was one of its main targets. On 13 March, Russian forces bombed the Avdiivka Coke Plant[11] and it was reported on 25 March that Artem Murakhovsky, a commander of the Azov Battalion, was killed in Avdiivka.[2] On 8 April, one person was killed and another injured by Russian shelling.[5]

References

  1. ^ Adler, Nils. "'There's always danger': Preparing for war on Ukraine's front line". www.aljazeera.com. Archived from the original on 2022-03-12. Retrieved 2022-03-30.
  2. ^ a b "Leader of Neonazi Azov Battalion reportedly killed". The Morning Star. 25 March 2022. Archived from the original on 27 March 2022. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  3. ^ Sweeney, Steve (March 28, 2022). "Leader of neo-nazi Azov Battalion reportedly killed in Ukraine". Archived from the original on March 31, 2022. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  4. ^ "2 civilians killed by shelling in Avdiivka in Donetsk Oblast". March 18, 2022. Archived from the original on March 26, 2022. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c "One person killed, one wounded in Russian shelling of Avdiivka community". www.ukrinform.net. Archived from the original on 2022-04-09. Retrieved 2022-04-13.
  6. ^ a b Crosbie, Jack (February 20, 2022). "Their Town Has Been on Ukraine's Front Line for 8 Years. But They Won't Give Up on It Yet". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 28, 2022. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  7. ^ Troianovski, Anton (February 21, 2022). "Putin Orders Troops to Separatist Regions and Recognizes Their Independence". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 21, 2022. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  8. ^ a b Sahuquillo, María R. (February 24, 2022). "Ready for the worst: Life in the trenches of Ukraine's Donbas region". EL PAÍS English Edition. Archived from the original on 2022-03-28. Retrieved 2022-03-28.
  9. ^ Carlsson, Mattias; Hammarstrom, Niclas (January 20, 2022). "On the Front Lines of Ukraine's War With Russia". Archived from the original on March 28, 2022. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  10. ^ Losh, Jack. "This Ukrainian City Was Already Battered. Now It's Bracing for War". Archived from the original on 2022-03-28. Retrieved 2022-03-28.
  11. ^ "Ukraine's largest steel firm says shells hit Avdiivka coke plant". Reuters. March 13, 2022. Archived from the original on 2022-03-28. Retrieved 2022-03-28 – via www.reuters.com.
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