We keep reading these terms- Stalemate. Frozen Conflict. It does not seem these are accurate terms. It doesn’t seem to be frozen..
Russian troops have encircled the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka from “all directions”
“The enemy is attempting to storm the city from all directions,” he said.
The Ukrainian military previously said Moscow had launched “more than 150” attacks on Ukrainian positions in villages around the town.
The Russian army is breaking through the defense of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near Avdiivka
Russian troops advance in 6 directions in the area of Avdiivka, heavy fighting continues near the Ukrainian-controlled chemical plant and in an industrial zone southeast of Avdiivka.
The Ukrainian General Staff reported that Ukrainian troops repulsed more than 30 Russian attacks, each at a distance of 3 to 13 km from the city.
He added that Russian troops are advancing in six directions in the Avdiivka area and that heavy fighting continues near the Avdiivka chemical plant in northeastern Avdiivka and in an industrial area southeast of the city.
Russian sources repeated claims that Russian troops had captured the entire industrial zone southeast of the settlement and had reached the southeastern outskirts of the city. Others claim that Ukrainian forces successfully counterattacked near Avdiivka on November 27.
It does seem weather is a factor in slowing up movement-
Despite the difficult weather conditions, both Russian and Ukrainian troops continued ground attacks across Ukraine, albeit at a slightly slower pace due to snow and poor visibility,
A veteran of the summer’s counteroffensive in Zaporizhzhia, he is no stranger to relentless combat and brutal losses. But the battle for Avdiivka has proven even more gruelling. The small city, which had a population of 31,000 prior to the invasion, is currently the epicentre of Russia’s war effort. A front-line city since the start of the war nearly 10 years ago, it has since been almost entirely destroyed.
“The frontline is so hard, every moment, every day,” said Malko from his quarters in a house in a village a few miles away from the front. Like most soldiers who spoke to the Sunday Post, Malko only identified himself with his call sign in accordance with standard practice in the Ukrainian Armed Forces
‘Stalemate’ as winter approaches
As the year’s prime fighting months in Ukraine give way to the autumn mud season followed by winter, “stalemate” is a word increasingly heard among Ukraine’s defenders. General Valery Zaluzhny, the commander-in chief of all Ukrainian forces, used the word himself in an interview with the Economist earlier this month.