The most intense battles took place in the direction of Kupyansk in the Luhansk region, near Avdiyivka in the Donetsk region and on the left bank of the Dnieper in the Kherson region, where Ukrainian forces have managed to strengthen their positions.
Russian troops suffered particularly heavy losses near Avdiyivka, reports the British military intelligence service.
Western officials estimate that Russian forces are losing 500 to 1,000 people a day in the fighting near Avdiyivka.
“With the onset of cold winter weather in eastern Ukraine, no significant changes on the front line are expected in the near future,” the report said.
Russia’s unjustified and unprovoked large-scale invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, 2022, the Kremlin’s propaganda brazenly promised to capture Kyiv in three days, but the selfless and strong resistance of the Ukrainians prevented the Kremlin from realizing its plans.
After the setbacks, the Kremlin withdrew the army from the Kyiv region, but continued the offensive in other regions. In the fall of 2022, the Ukrainian army managed to liberate Kharkiv region and part of Kherson region in successful operations, raising hopes for the possibility of defeating the enemy.
However, the Ukrainian counteroffensive launched in the summer of 2023 was not so successful, which the Ukrainian army explains both by the insufficient supply of weapons from the Western allies and by the deep defense line and extensive minefields created by the Russian army. Now there are reports that a war of positions has begun at the front with exhausting battles and preparations must be made for long-term support for Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Russia regularly attacks civilian targets and is expected to target energy infrastructure like last winter.