Ukraine makes major troop withdrawal in key win for Putin and Russia

February 17, 2024

Most of the city’s pre-war population of 32,000 people has already left, and the town has been almost completely destroyed. "Our soldiers performed their military duty with dignity, did everything possible to destroy the best Russian military units, inflicted significant losses on the enemy in terms of manpower and equipment," he said. Russia stepped up its offensive on Avdiivka in October and Ukraine's position had been looking increasingly fraught for weeks. "This is happening because Ukrainian forces on the ground are running out of artillery ammunition," Kirby said during a press briefing Thursday. "Please, everyone in the world, do not ask Ukraine when the war will end.