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    Russia Achieves Full Domination of Avdiivka, Largest Victory in 9 Months


    Russian Forces Seize Control of Ukraine's Avdiivka, Marking Significant Victory in Ongoing Conflict

    In a significant development in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, Russian forces declared full control over the Ukrainian town of Avdiivka on Sunday. This marks Russia’s most substantial gain since capturing Bakhmut in May 2023 and comes precisely two years after President Vladimir Putin initiated a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

    The Russian Defense Ministry announced that their troops had advanced approximately 8.6 kilometers along the 1,000-kilometer front line, seizing control of Avdiivka after a fierce urban battle. While Ukraine confirmed the withdrawal of its soldiers to prevent encirclement after months of intense fighting, Russian authorities asserted that some Ukrainian troops remained entrenched in a Soviet-era coke plant within the town.

    President Putin hailed the fall of Avdiivka as a crucial victory, commending Russian troops for their success. Meanwhile, concerns have arisen regarding ammunition shortages faced by Ukrainian forces, which U.S. President Joe Biden had warned could lead to the town’s capture. Biden reiterated the urgency for Congress to pass a military aid package for Ukraine during a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

    The withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from Avdiivka has sparked debates on the need for modern air defense systems and long-range weapons to counter Russian advances. While Russia celebrates this significant gain, Ukrainian forces remain vigilant, repelling a Russian offensive in the southern front near Zaporizhzhia.

    Details regarding casualties and losses on both sides remain undisclosed, but the fall of Avdiivka underscores the intensification of the conflict and the challenges faced by Ukraine in its struggle against Russian aggression. As the situation evolves, the global community closely watches developments in the region, anticipating further escalations or diplomatic interventions.

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