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Ukrainian soldiers in close combat in Avdiyivka industrial zone (PHOTOS)

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A gun lies propped on a firing positions in the Avdiyivka industrial zone on May 17.
Photo by Volodymyr Petrov

Ukrainian combat units from the 72nd Mechanized Brigade continue to block the advance of Russian-backed forces on the outskirts of Avdivyivka, a frontline city some 600 kilometers southeast of Kyiv.

Fierce combat goes on almost daily for control of the devastated industrial zone at the city’s southern edge, known as the Promzona. The opposing sides’ positions are just a few tens of meters away from each other, and they regularly clash among the ruins of former factories and workshops. The Promzona sits on strategic high ground, granting fire control over the nearby major road and blocking the Russian-backed forces’ further advance into Avdiyivka itself.

Read the full story here about a Ukrainian company defending the Promzona, said to be the worst killing zone in Russia’s war on Ukraine in the Donbas.

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