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Russia intensifies attacks near Orikhiv, trying to cut off Robotyne salient, Ukrainian military says

Lykhovyi said that Orikhiv is becoming a hot destination
Lykhovyi said that Orikhiv is becoming a hot destination

“The Orikhiv sector is becoming another hot area of the front as the enemy tries to cut off the Robotyne salient,” Ukraine’s South Operational Command spokesman, Dmytro Lykhovyi, said on national television on March 7.

“If in previous days and weeks there were sometimes zero enemy attacks per day, sometimes one or three, at most five, yesterday 16 enemy attacks were recorded west of the village of Verbove and near the village of Robotyne,” he said.

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The Russians are carrying out activities similar to those they attempted in mid-February, but were stopped.

“Now they are making some new offensive attempts. And the more the enemy advances, the more of their manpower and equipment we destroy,” said Lykhvyi

On Feb. 17, the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Oleksandr Syrskyi, reported that after four months of intense fighting, Ukrainian forces withdrew from Avdiivka, Donetsk Oblast, to avoid encirclement and to preserve the lives of the troops.

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Ukraine withdrew from the village of Lastochkyne on Feb. 26 to organize defense and prevent further advances by Russian forces, the Tavria Regional Military Command confirmed at the time.

Ukraine withdrew from the small villages of Severne and Stepove near Avdiivka, Lykhoviy announced on Feb. 27.

The Third Assault Brigade regained control of the village of Krasnohorivka in Donetsk Oblast on Feb. 28 after Russia attacked and entered the southeastern part of the settlement.

“Miscalculations in situation awareness and enemy assessment by some commanders have impacted the resilience of our defense on certain fronts,” Syrskyi said on Feb. 29.

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