Monday, March 4, 2024

How Western Weapons Help UKR Survive and Thrive in RU Fight; Situation Near Avdiivka Stabilizes; RU Oil Pipeline Destroyed in Feodosiia; UKR Stops RU Assault Attempts in Novomykhailivka; UKR Takes Measures to Thwart RU Capture of Chasiv Yar; 68 Combat Clashes Past 24hrs, LIVE UPDATES and LOTS MORE

How Western weapons help Ukraine survive — and thrive — in Russia fight against all odds:
One truism repeatedly echoes across the battlefields of the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine: “A small Soviet army cannot beat a large Soviet army.”
However, Kyiv’s fighters told The Post this week, a small NATO-trained army equipped with modern Western weapons most assuredly can beat a large Soviet army – and is.
Ukraine is surviving – and often thriving – in a war that much of the world did not expect them to stay in for two weeks, let alone two years. Military officials attribute much of their success so far to the superior technology and NATO-standard training that international partners have provided.
“The arithmetic of war is clear: either numerical superiority or technological dominance is required to achieve defined objectives on the battlefield,” Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Ivan Havryliuk exclusively told The Post. “It is important to talk about increasing the capabilities of the Defense Forces of Ukraine.”
Russia has numerical superiority in spades, with more than 1.32 million active duty members of its armed forces. (Ukraine is believed to have around 900,000.)
But despite that disadvantage, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last week revealed that about 31,000 Ukrainian forces have died in combat since Russia invaded the country on Feb. 24, 2022 – while Russian troop death totals are closer to 180,000.
“31,000 Ukrainian military personnel have been killed in this war. Not 300,000, not 150,000, not whatever Putin and his deceitful circle have been lying about. But nevertheless, each of these losses is a great sacrifice for us,” Zelensky said at the “Ukraine. Year 2024” forum in Kyiv Feb. 25.
Officials here affirmed to The Post that Russian forces have been dying at a rate of roughly six to one compared to Ukraine’s troops. The number of wounded is likely just as high, as a US intelligence report declassified in December estimated that roughly 315,000 Russian troops – or roughly 87% of the number that originally invaded the country in 2022 – had been killed or injured. --->READ MORE HERE
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Situation near Avdiivka stabilizes amid decline in Russian attacks, says Tavria Group spokesman
The Avdiivka sector situation is stabilizing, although the Russian army is still having "local successes," Tavria Operational-Strategic Group spokesman Dmytro Lykhoviy said on national television on Mar. 3.
Ukrainian troops have successfully repelled 14 Russian attacks in the last day, the lowest number in recent days.
"According to the confirmed data, the operational situation is stabilizing in the areas of the three villages that are of most interest to everyone: Berdychi, Orlivka and Tonenke," he said.
“Our forces are holding back the enemy in these settlements, and combat operations are underway.”
The battle line has its own dynamics, but there is no reason to suggest that these settlements have been captured by the Russians.
"The enemy sometimes has local successes in some positions,” he said.
“For example, if firing positions are simply destroyed by artillery, then the (Ukrainian) troops regroup and move to other more favorable positions."
On Feb. 17, Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyi announced that the Defense Forces had withdrawn from Avdiivka after four months of intense fighting and regular attacks by the Russian Federation. He stated that this decision was made to avoid encirclement and to preserve the lives and health of military personnel. --->READ MORE HERE
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+++++Defending Chasiv Yar: Ukrainian Armed Forces take measures to thwart Russian capture+++++

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