Russian forces have concentrated assault action near the villages of Klishchiivka and Andriivka in the Bakhmut front but have not had any success.
Source: Oleksandr Borodin, press officer of the 3rd Separate Assault Brigade of Ukraine, in the 24/7 newscast, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine
Quote: “At the moment the enemy has concentrated assault actions on the right flank, near Klishchiivka and Andriivka. It can be concluded that within the last 24 hours there have been 15 attempts of assault, let alone artillery, aircraft and UAV [attacks – ed.]…Yet they [the occupiers – ed.] have had no success so far.”
Details: Borodin added that the Russians mainly conduct “dense” offensives of infantry in the Bakhmut district while near the settlement of Avdiivka they use armoured military equipment a lot. At the same time, they have very poor defensive positions compared to Ukrainian forces.
Quote: “Our defensive positions are much better. The enemy launches quite dense attacks from artillery, UAVs and aircraft. Sometimes, when they deem it necessary and thinking we got exhausted, they deploy infantry. Infantry usually achieves nothing and retreats, and everything repeats. Sometimes, when infantry comes closer, we have to engage in heavy fighting at a 50-100 metre distance, but it is a rare occurrence. They rarely come this close. And everything repeats. This can be called positional warfare of exhaustion.”
On 15 September, the General Staff of Ukraine reported that the Armed Forces of Ukraine liberated the settlement of Andriivka.
On 17 September, the Defence Forces liberated the settlement of Klishchiivka.
Later, photo reporters published the images of the liberated villages of Klishchiivka and Andriivka.
Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, believes that the war with Russia is moving to a new stage: “positional” warfare with static and exhausting battles. To win it, Ukraine needs high technologies.