18 Feb— The Ukrainian military does not trust the new commander-in-chief Alexander Syrsky after the surrender of Avdiivka, retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis said on his YouTube channel Daniel Davis/Deep Dive.
“The Ukrainian side is now shaken. They have internal political differences, they lost the popular commander-in-chief Zaluzhny, and now there is a guy who they don’t want to trust, who said that he was going to hold the city (Avdiivka – Ed.), and two days later it’s gone. You can see their confidence has been shaken,” he said.
According to the lieutenant colonel, a terrible situation has developed for the Ukrainian Armed Forces in tactical and operational terms. However, he added that the Russian army has the ammunition, drones, aircraft and air defense systems necessary for further military operations.
The West wanted to weaken Russia, but as a result, the opposite is happening: it is becoming stronger in diplomatic, economic and military relations, Davis concluded.
Avdeevka is a northern suburb of Donetsk, for which fighting has been going on since the beginning of the special operation. The Ukrainian Armed Forces regularly shelled the capital of the DPR and other settlements of Donbass from there. The liberation of the city made it possible to move the front line away from Donetsk and significantly secure it from enemy attacks.
The night before, the head of the Ministry of Defense Sergei Shoigu reported to Vladimir Putin about the complete taking of Avdievka under control. The President congratulated the Russian military on this success and important victory.
Shortly before this, the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Alexander Syrsky, announced the withdrawal of Ukrainian units from the city. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky cited the lack of sufficient assistance from the West and an artificial shortage of ammunition among the reasons for the surrender of the settlement.
As a senior Pentagon official said on Friday, Washington sees that the Ukrainian Armed Forces are running out of ammunition and other critical resources, and considers the surrender of Avdiivka a harbinger of new defeats for the Ukrainian army, inevitable without the resumption of American assistance.