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Ukraine Makes Gains on Eastern Front With ‘Blindside’ Move Near Avdiivka

Ukrainian troops managed to conduct a successful operation south of Avdiivka and enter the village of Opytne, as “the enemy slept a little bit in this direction,” said Vitaliy Barabash, head of the Avdiivka City Military Administration earlier.

A veteran of the Russo-Ukrainian war, reserve major Oleksiy Hetman explained to Radio NV on Sept. 12 why this attack was unexpected for the occupation forces.

“It was said many times about Commander-in-Chief [Valerii] Zaluzhnyi that he could surprise the enemy with some unexpected actions,” said Hetman.

Everyone was focused on the fighting near [the village of] Robotyne, near [the town of] Tokmak — on the southern front. Even in Bakhmut, there were expectations that we would advance near Klishchiyivka. But no one expected any offensive actions near Avdiivka.”

He is convinced that the Ukrainian Defense Forces will continue to “surprise” enemy forces.

“You see, when the Russians are caught off guard, like in Kharkiv Oblast (when Ukrainian troops liberated the territory in 2022 — editor), they cannot resist in an organized manner and [there are] chaotic movements, friendly fire incidents, and they begin to flee the front line,” explained Hetman.

“This is a good sign for us. This may indicate that they did not expect any offensive actions from our troops in that place, so this was their reaction.”

Source : Yahoo