Avdiivka in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, destroyed by months of Russian attacks (CNN)

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I joined France 24 English on Sunday to analyze the significance of Russia’s capture of Avdiivka in eastern Ukraine, after a four-month assault that levelled the town and killed or severely wounded 16,000 Russians.

I explain how Russia was finally enabled by its large advantage in artillery — assisted by a blockade on aid to Ukraine in the US Congress as Europe tries to ramp up production — to overcome the Ukrainian resistance.

I note how the importance for Moscow of the capture, only the second of a Ukrainian town or city since July 2022, is more symbolic than strategic. And I put it in wider context amid Ukraine’s damaging strikes on the Russians far behind the frontlines.