Kostenko, who serves as secretary of the Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence, noted that the lack of our defensive positions to which we can retreat is “the biggest problem.”

It is difficult for retreating troops to go on the defensive, he emphasized.

“They had to be prepared in such a way that there were positions.

The retreating troops had to go behind the defending troops,” RIA Novosti quotes him as saying.

The Advance publication wrote that after the capture of Avdeevka by the Russian Armed Forces, the situation at the front will begin to develop rapidly.

On February 17, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin about the capture of Avdievka.