Sirski admits that the situation on the front is difficult, although Ukraine repels Russian attacks

Oleksandr Sirski / Photo Ukrinform / Avalon / Profimedia

Ukrainian forces have pushed back Russian soldiers from the village of Orlivka, west of Avdeevka, but the situation on the eastern front remains difficult, said the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian army Oleksandr Sirsky, British media reported.

Orlivka is located less than two kilometers northwest of Lastochkine, a settlement recently occupied by Russian forces.

Last week, Russian forces captured the strategic Ukrainian town of Avdeevka after a months-long offensive and are advancing in several other areas along the front line, Ukrainian officials said.

This week, the Ukrainian military said it had pulled out of two villages near Avdeevka, losing more territory due to insufficient support from Western allies.

- The enemy continues active offensive actions in many areas of the front line. The situation is especially tense around Avdeevka and Zaporozhye, Sirski said on Telegram.

He stated that Russian assault units are trying to break through Ukrainian defenses and capture the villages of Tonenke, Orlivka, Semenivka, Berdychi and Krasnohorivka. Sirski, who visited the troops on the eastern front, said that some commanders have discovered certain shortcomings in their "situational awareness and assessment of the enemy", which directly affects the resilience of the defense in certain areas.

- I took all the measures to correct the situation on the ground, by providing additional ammunition and material resources, as well as the necessary reserves, Sirski said.

The Ukrainian Air Force announced today that it shot down another Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber, Ukrainian media reported, citing Air Force Commander Mykola Oleschuk.

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