Russia completely destroyed the city of Avdiivka near Bakhmut

Ukrainian soldiers fire a Pion artillery system at Russian positions near Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022.

An entire Ukrainian city has reportedly been levelled by Russian attacks, with more than 80 per cent of its housing stock destroyed.

Vitalii Barabash, Head of the Avdiivka City Military Administration, said that the city’s infrastructure had been “completely ruined”, adding that, “it is impossible to restore or repair, but only to demolish and rebuild”.

He told Interfax-Ukraine: “There is not a single house left standing. The city probably hasn’t had a single building standing since summer.”

In recent weeks, Moscow has switched its focus to Avdiivka in the Donetsk region, hoping to encircle the Ukrainian troops defending it after having so far failed to capture nearby Bakhmut.

It is feared the renewed Russian effort to seize Avdiivka could create a “second Bakhmut”.

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