Andriivka Reportedly Taken by Russian Forces, Third Change of Hands of the War

Over the last twenty-four hours, the Ukrainian Armed Forces have reported heavy fighting with Russian Ground Forces near Chasiv Yar, Klishchiivka, and Krasnohorivka in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. By 0600 EST this morning, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed its forces had seized Andriivka, Donetsk Oblast. It also claimed that Ukraine lost 490 troops during this action. The announcement reads below:

“Units of the Southern Group of Forces, as a result of active operations, liberated the settlement of Andreevka of the Donetsk People’s Republic, and also improved the situation along the front line.”

Forward line of troops according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Andriivka is a destroyed village in Bakhmut urban hromada, Bakhmut Raion, Donetsk Oblast, eastern Ukraine. It lies between the larger village of Klishchiivka to the north and the urban settlement of Kurdiumivka to the south. Russia seized the village on November 30th, 2022. During the 2023 Ukrainian counteroffensive, Ukrainian troops retook the village from the Chechen Akmat Battalion. The Ukrainian 3rd Separate Assault Brigade conducted that action and reported also clearing the Russian 72nd Separate Motor Rifle Brigade. This would make this the third time of the war this village has changed hands.