NewsIncreasing numbers of attacks by Russia. Zelensky says Putin has a "very cynical goal"

Increasing numbers of attacks by Russia. Zelensky says Putin has a "very cynical goal"

Increasing numbers of attacks by Russia. Zelensky says Putin has a "very cynical goal"
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7:47 AM EST, November 15, 2023

Russian occupying forces have escalated their attacks on Avdiivka, according to Ukrainian soldiers. President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, in a speech on Tuesday, noted that Putin currently has a very cynical and specific political objective.

The Russian occupying forces have ramped up their attacks on Avdiivka. Additionally, the invaders are increasingly utilizing bombs in the Donetsk region. This information was conveyed by Oleksandr Shtupun, the spokesperson for the Tavria Regional Defense Forces, during a television interview. He mentioned that the majority of these enemy attacks are concentrated in the southern part of Avdiivka.

The Unian agency reported that Shtupun noted an active increase in the dropping of guided aerial bombs on the Donetsk region by Russians in the past three days. "On November 13th alone, the enemy dropped 30 bombs from Su-35 planes on the Donetsk region," it was reported.

Shtupun added that in the Donetsk region, the Russians frequently involve former prisoners in the attacks, including those who have never been part of military actions before. The army spokesperson emphasized that "such tactics lead to the disorientation of Russian combat units".

Zelensky: a cynical and specific goal in mind

In a speech delivered Tuesday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pointed out that the intensified attacks in the Avdiivka region by Russians are due to Putin's need for a success narrative before he declares his candidacy in the coming presidential elections.

"We must understand that Putin now has a very cynical and specific political goal, and he's ready to kill as many of his own people as he wants to achieve some tactical result by the first half of December when he plans to launch his presidential campaign," Zelensky stressed in his evening address.

The Ukrainian President highlighted that Russia is already losing soldiers and equipment at a faster and larger scale in Avdiivka than in Bakhmut.

"It's incredibly challenging to resist such pressure. Every soldier maintaining their position and carrying out combat missions there deserves our deepest gratitude. They are true heroes!" Zelensky exclaimed.

"The higher the Russian forces destroyed near Avdiivka, the more severe the overall situation for Russia on the front will become," he added.

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