The battle for Pokrovsk is imminent - Dykyi to Radio NV

Ukrainian military personnel fire from an M777 howitzer towards Russian troops in the Donetsk Oblast May 1
Ukrainian military personnel fire from an M777 howitzer towards Russian troops in the Donetsk Oblast May 1

The battle for Pokrovsk looks imminent, Aidar battalion commander and war veteran, Yevhen Dykyi told Radio NV.

"They (the Russian occupiers — ed.) are now making big progress in near Pokrovsk — the one we delicately called Avdiivka until recently, although Avdiivka has long been surrendered," Dykyi said in an exclusive interview with Radio Nv.

"They began to speak honestly — the Pokrovsky or Pokrovsk-Kurakhove area - it's probably more correct to call it that way. They've had big success there and it makes sense for them to build on these successes. Most likely, the battle for Pokrovsk will start soon."

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Dykyi remains optimistic about the defense of Pokrovsk.

"That Pokrovsk's defense cannot be avoided is almost a fact for me," he said.

"They will go after Pokrovsk. Another thing: there is a chance to tie them down (there) for a long time,

The Pokrovsk area is Ukraine's third line of defense. The trenches, dug by civilian companies under contract, are located in front of the city - not behind it - and there are no plans to surrender the city, Dykyi said.

Situation in the

Russia’s main offensive forces are concentrated near the cities of Kurakhove and Pokrovsk in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine’s Commander-in-Chief, Oleksandr Syrskyi, said on May 6

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Russian troops seized the villages of Arkhangelske and Kotlyarivka near Pokrovsky and reached the administrative boundaries of the town of Ocheretyne, the monitoring portal DeepState reported on May 5.

Overnight on May 4, Russian troops advanced northwest of Avdiivka toward Arkhangelsk, probably after the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported on May 5.

The occupiers required four brigades to gain a foothold near Ocheretiny, Khortytsia Operational Group spokesperson, Nazar Voloshyn, said on April 27.

The situation at the front has worsened, Syrskyi confirmed on April 28, as defense forces withdrew westward from the villages of Berdychi, Semenivka, and Novomykhailivka.

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