The Russian military has hit a roadblock around the city of Awdijiwka, just days after launching a major offensive in the Donetsk region.
According to Merkur, which cited the Institute for the Study of Wars (ISW), a Kremlin-linked military blogger discussed challenges that could contribute to a "positional stalemate" in Russian offensive efforts towards Awdijiwka.
Moscow initiated its largest offensive in months on October 10, deploying thousands of troops, tanks, and armored vehicles to capture the city, considered a gateway for reclaiming the Donetsk and Donbas regions.
Additional troops despite setbacks
The ISW further stated that despite Ukrainian counterattacks and the failure of a new advance, the Russian military would likely send additional troops to the Awdijiwka front. The U.S. think tank said, "After a failed major attack in which they suffered heavy losses, the Russian forces will probably take another break."
A pause in the offensive?
The article suggests that the Russian military might take a pause after experiencing heavy losses in their failed major attack.
This could be a strategic move to reassess and possibly reorganize before making another attempt.