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Russia suffering ‘extremely high’ losses while storming in hot zones, says Ukrainian army commander

Oleksandr Syrskyi at the front
Oleksandr Syrskyi at the front

The operational situation in eastern Ukraine remains challenging, with Russian troops concentrating their efforts and advancing in several areas, including Terny, Ivanivske, Berdychi, and Tonenke in Donetsk Oblast, as well as Verbove and Robotyne in Zaporizhzhya Oblast, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrskyi, said during his visit to the front on March 13.

Despite sustaining significant losses in two weeks of intense fighting, the Russian military has failed to capture any targeted settlements, all of which remain under Ukrainian control.

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Decisions have been made to reinforce military positions in key areas with reserves, ammunition, and electronic warfare equipment, in coordination with commanders and staff officers. Elsewhere along the frontline, Russian activity has diminished notably due to enhanced defensive measures and unit rotations, according to General Syrskyi.

Despite the challenges, General Syrskyi continues to operate in the frontline areas.

The Tavria Operational and Strategic Troop Grouping reported in early March that Ukrainian forces successfully halted the advance of Russian invasion forces near Avdiivka, although they only partially control the villages of Berdychi and Tonenke.

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On March 11, the Ukrainian military observed increased hostilities near Novomykhailivka in Donetsk Oblast, with reports of Russian army reinforcements.

Additionally, the U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War indicated on March 12 that Russian forces were advancing further east of Terny and north of Heorhiyivka, Pobeda, and Novomykhailivka in Donetsk Oblast.

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