Ukrainian army tanks reach the vicinities of Avdiivka to deter any attempt by Russia-backed militants to break through the defense lines of government troops. As of Friday noon, they do not engage the enemy. Ukraine’s defense ministry reported that on February 3.
‘The armored vehicles were assigned from the tactical reserve of the Armed Forces; they are supposed to deliver an adequate response to any attempts to run over the defenses of Ukrainian troops,’ the authority reported.
The severe fights in and around Avdiivka, Donetsk region, have been lasting for five days now. The continuous outbreak of violence in this area keeps on claiming lives of both Ukrainian soldiers and militants; even civilians found themselves under extremely strong artillery fire – they get wounded and killed, too. The state of emergency was declared on January 31 in Avdiivka; people face humanitarian crisis due to heavy shelling that critically damaged infrastructure objects, cutting civilians from electricity, water supplies and heating systems. Rescue teams, local authorities, volunteers and law enforcement agencies deliver the civilians food, water, warm clothes, medicines and other items of first necessity.