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So-Called DPR Shows Off Artillery It Claims Is Fighting Ukrainian Forces Near Avdiivka

 The city of Avdiivka is located in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk.

These images allegedly show DPR artillery fighting Ukrainian forces near the city of Avdiivka in Ukraine’s eastern region of Donetsk.

The People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) claimed in a statement: “Allied forces continue denazification in the Avdiivka direction.”

They also claimed: “Allied troops continue to beat Ukrainian nationalists in the Avdiivka direction. The artillery of our defenders is adjusted with the help of UAVs, which makes it possible to destroy opponents as efficiently as possible.”

We have not been able to independently verify the claims or the footage.

Zenger News contacted the DPR for further comment, as well as the Ukrainian and Russian Ministries of Defense, but had not received a reply at the time of writing.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what the Kremlin is calling a “special military operation”. Monday marks the 159th day of the invasion.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between February 24 and August 1, Russia had lost about 41,030 personnel, 1,768 tanks, 4,011 armored combat vehicles, 932 artillery units, 259 multiple launch rocket systems, 117 air defense systems, 223 warplanes, 190 helicopters, 736 drones, 174 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 2,912 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 82 units of special equipment.

Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower, but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.

Picture shows a shot from BTR armoured personnel carrier of the People`s Militia of the DPR in the field of Avdiivka direction, Ukraine in an undated photo. Artillerymen of the DPR used UAVs with a high-explosive fragmentation projectile against Ukrainian troops.  (@nm_dnr/Zenger)

Vadym Skibitsky, Ukraine’s deputy head of military intelligence, has said that Russia is moving large numbers of soldiers to the south of the country in a bid to take up defensive positions ahead of an expected Ukrainian counteroffensive to retake territory occupied by Russian forces since the beginning of the invasion.

Skibitsky said: “They are increasing their troop numbers, preparing for our counteroffensive [in southern Ukraine] and perhaps preparing to launch an offensive of their own.”

Ukraine’s Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories has urged hundreds of thousands of civilians to evacuate frontline areas of the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk.

The ministry said: “They need to be evacuated, you cannot put them in mortal danger in the winter without heating, light, without the ability to keep them warm.”

The southern Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv was hit by Russian strikes early on Sunday morning in what Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has described as “probably the most brutal” attack on the city since the beginning of the war.

Mykolaiv Mayor Oleksandr Senkevych also said that the missile strikes were probably the heaviest Russian bombardments of the city so far.

Soldier of the People`s Militia of the DPR stands on BTR armoured personnel carrier in Avdiivka direction, Ukraine in an undated photo. Artillerymen of the DPR used UAVs with a high-explosive fragmentation projectile against Ukrainian troops.  (@nm_dnr/Zenger)

One of the richest men in Ukraine, Oleksiy Vadatursky, 74, along with his wife Raisa, were killed when a missile hit their home in Mykolaiv. Vadatursky, who had received the “Hero of Ukraine” award, owned Nibulon, a company that is involved in exporting grain and was reportedly worth $450 million in 2020, according to Forbes.

The first ship carrying grain has left the Ukrainian port of Odesa as part of a landmark deal between Ukraine and Russia and overseen by Turkey and the United Nations.

The Joint Coordination Center (JCC) in Istanbul, which was established as part of the deal, said the ship was carrying approximately 26,000 tons of corn and is expected to arrive in Turkish waters on Tuesday for inspection.

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