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Ukraine could be sending one of its top units to save the city of Avdiivka.
Russian troops are engaged in fighting with Ukrainian forces inside the beleaguered city which has been under sustained Russian assault since mid-October.
Ukraine’s decision to send its third assault brigade, which led the Bakhmut counter-offensive over the summer, to defend the city, is indicative of the strategic importance it holds.
Russian forces continued to make advances around Avdiivka over the weekend, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) reported. Gelocated footage shows newly gained positions for Moscow’s troops both in southern Avdiivka and in northern parts of the critically important city still held by Ukrainian troops.
Vitalii Barabash, the head of the city’s military administration, said last week that the situation around Avdiivka, a besieged front-line city in Donetsk Oblast, is becoming “very difficult,” even critical in some areas.
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Nato’s secretary-general has accused Donald Trump of undermining the alliance’s security after he said he would “encourage” Russia “to do whatever the hell they want” to members that do not meet defence spending targets, the Times reported.
Rejecting the collective security guarantee, known as Article 5, by which each of the Nato member states vows to help if an ally is attacked, Trump said he would not protect “delinquent” members in his strongest public criticism of the alliance to date.
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