After a failed offensive in Avdiivka, the cases of desertion in the ranks of the Russian-terrorist forces in Donbas have increased significantly, according to the Directorate General of Intelligence of Ukraine.
Reportedly, at least 63 militants of one brigade in the occupied Alchevsk have voluntarily left the place of service.
“In military units of AC 2, due to the poor conditions of military service, the cases of desertion continue, as well as absence without leave at the places of service. 63 soldiers from the 4 separate motorized rifle brigade (Alchevsk) who voluntarily left the unit siting, are currently wanted.”
Moreover, the intelligence informed that the Russian servicemen who are fighting against Ukraine in Donbas, began to resign massively. At the same time the command of terrorists tries to reman the personnel with prisoners from places of detention in the occupied territory.
“Following the events in Avdiivka, mass submission of resignation reports is observed in Army Corps 2 of the Russian Armed Forces. At the same time the Russian command is trying to solve the issue of recruitment personnel in advanced units, including due to the release of offenders, kept in correctional colonies in the temporarily occupied territories.”
Earlier, January 29 the situation in the Avdiivka area Donetsk region aggravated seriously. ATO forces suffered casualties. 11 Ukrainian military were killed in the battles for Avdiivka from January 29 to February 2.
January 30 in the result of the militants shelling, Avdiivka remained without heat, water and electricity supply. The same evening, a state of emergency was introduced in the city.
February 5 almost the whole Avdiivka was connected to the power supply.
European Union Ambassador to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli urged the parties in the conflict to respect the ceasefire in order to avoid the final destruction of the socio-economic infrastructure of Donbas.