In the unfolding events on the front lines, crucial updates emerge from the Donetsk sector, showcasing intense battles in the Avdiivka region, persistent Ukrainian defenses in Stepove and near the Chemical Plant, and strategic maneuvers shaping the dynamics of the evolving frontline.
On November 19, there were many important updates from the front of the clashes between the Ukrainian army and the army of the Russian invaders – YouTube channel Military Lab reports.
The fighting was concentrated in these areas:
On the Donetsk front, heavy battles are ongoing in the Avdiivka sector.
During the past few days, the Russian Army has made new attempts to advance on the northern part of the frontline using waves of small infantry units to attack the Ukrainian position in Stepove as well as near the Chemical Plant north of Avdiivka.
Despite the numerous attempts, it seems that Russian forces were not able to break the Ukrainian defensive line between these two locations.
Geolocated footage published today by Ukrainian sources suggests that armored units of the 47th Mechanized Brigade of the Ukrainian Army conducted counterattacks and forced the Russian troops out of some positions that they had captured across the railway in the vicinity of Stepvove and the Chemical Plant.
On the footage, we can see that one of the Ukrainian Leopard 2 tanks of the 47th Brigade was operating inside the village of Stepove, as it is seen hitting the Russian positions along the railway, thus suggesting that the Russian forces were not able to capture the village despite the numerous claims made recently by pro-Russian sources.
In the direction of the Chemical Plant, Russian forces again tried to advance and enter the first buildings of the Ukrainian stronghold, but even in this direction, the Russian attacks were stopped, and the line of contact remains unchanged.
As shown in a video published today by Ukrainian sources, in the early hours of the morning, the Bradley infantry fighting vehicles of the 47th Mechanized Brigade entered the areas north of the industrial zone and opened fire to the Russian positions, clearing the walls north of the stronghold, which the Russian soldiers used as a cover during their ongoing operations near the Chemical Plant.
According to the Ukrainian source Deep State, Russian forces managed to make small advances north of Avdiivka, approaching the water filtration plant and the residential areas near the cascade of lakes, but according to other Ukrainian sources, the subsequent Russian attacks were repelled and Ukrainian forces maintained control over the residential areas.
On the southern part of the sector, the situation is getting increasingly difficult for the Ukrainian forces as Russian troops, with the support of artillery and aviation, managed to break through the line of defense and move inside the industrial zone south-east of Avdiivka.
It seems that after many armored assaults, the Russian army was able to capture a series of trenches and later develop a foothold inside the industrial zone.
According to sources on both sides, Russian forces now control at least half of the industrial zone, with the Ukrainian defenders still holding the western parts of the stronghold.
According to some Russian sources, their troops were able to advance near another strongpoint of the Ukrainian army known as the “Tsarska ohota”, but so far there is no evidence or geolocated footage to confirm the claims made by pro-Russian sources.
On the other hand, the Russian attempts to advance near the village of Sieverne failed once again, as Ukrainian sources published footage today showing another attempt by the Russian armored units to break the Ukrainian lines south-west of the village.
The Russian unit, consisting of at least 3 tanks and 1 BMP infantry fighting vehicle, was spotted by the Ukrainian drones, which provided all the necessary information for the Ukrainian artillery to deliver some highly precise strikes, destroy two of the tanks, and badly damage the Russian BMP.
In attempts to slow down the Russian offensive, the Ukrainian Army continues to strike, and Ukraine strikes at the rear and also holds positions near Horlivka, damaging the Russian forces at the rear.
Thanks to missile strikes from the HIMARS systems today, Ukrainian forces destroyed a BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launching system and also damaged another one near the town of Yasynuvata, about 10 kilometers east of Avdiivka.
30km north-east of Avdiivka, Ukrainian forces maintain their control near the waste heaps, which overlook the city of Horlivka.
Geolocated footage confirms that during the last few days, Ukrainian forces have increased their presence in this direction as they look for a possible weak spot on the Russian defense to expand their control west of the city of Horlivka, aiming to force the Russian command to relocate a part of their forces from Avdiivka to face the new Ukrainian threat in this direction.