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The Ukraine war in maps: Russia's slow but steady advance in the southeast

2022-05-10T18:48:50.380Z

The Kremlin's forces are reinforcing their positions around the Donbas area and continue to put pressure on defenders with relentless strikes



May 10 |

russian progress

In the two and a half months since the start of the Ukraine invasion, the Russian offensive has changed strategies: at first it sought to take control of the major cities, then focused its efforts on the separatist region of Donbas and on securing the borders.

Since then, the frontline has moved in line with modest but systematic Russian advances that have only met with resistance at a spot that's been highly militarized since 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula.

The change in the frontline can be seen in the following maps, which show the situation on the ground every two weeks since Russia changed its strategy on March 25. The red color shows areas under Russian control, which have been expanding for the last month and to half.

Donbas is an area covering around 52,000 square kilometers, roughly the size of Costa Rica.

It is divided into two

oblasts

(administrative units) – Donetsk and Luhansk.

Along the northwest, it borders the Kharkiv region, home to the city of Izyum, which is the starting point for Russia's attempt to encircle Ukrainian defenders holding the frontline.

From there, Russian troops have been trying to advance towards Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, the military headquarters and de facto capital of Donetsk, although they have had limited success.

March 24

Kharkiv

Russian

control

Russian

advance

Izyum

Severodonetsk

UKRAINE

Luhansk

DONBAS

Donetsk

RUSSIA

40km

Mariupol

When the Kremlin's troops announced that their target was eastern Ukraine, they were already controlling much of Donetsk, Luhansk and the area extending to Kharkiv.

April 8

Kharkiv

RUSSIA

Ukrainian

counterattack

Izyum

Severodonetsk

UKRAINE

Luhansk

DONBAS

Donetsk

Mariupol

Two weeks later, the situation on the front had barely changed after a reorganization of the invading troops except in the area of ​​Izyum, the new Russian center of operations.

April 22

Kharkiv

RUSSIA

Izyum

Severodonetsk

UKRAINE

Luhansk

DONBAS

Donetsk

Mariupol

The siege of Mariupol, which made Ukrainian defenders retreat to an industrial site, allowed Russia to free up troops to cement control over the northern end of the city.

May 8

Kharkiv

RUSSIA

Izyum

Severodonetsk

UKRAINE

Luhansk

DONBAS

Donetsk

Mariupol

Despite Ukrainian counterattacks that are gaining back territory near Kharkiv, the areas under Russian control increasingly encircle the Donbas border

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The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) believes that the Kremlin's forces near Izyum are regrouping and resupplying before resuming offensive operations in the southeast and southwest.

In the south of the country, near Crimea and the Black Sea, there is a similar situation: slow but constant Russian advances and reinforced positions in places like Kherson, which was swiftly captured in the early days of the invasion.

Ukrainian counterattacks have barely made a dent on Russian forces, who have increased the territory under their control week after week.

Moscow has been concentrating anti-aircraft and missile systems in the northern area of ​​Crimea, said the ISW.

This could be a prelude to summarize offensive operations towards Zaporizhzhia and Kryvyi Rih, in central Ukraine.

March 24

Izyum

Dnipro

UKRAINE

Zhaporizhia

Mariupol

Melitopol

Kherson

odessa

Sea of ​​Azov

CRIMEA

RUSSIA

black sea

100 km

April 8

Izyum

Dnipro

UKRAINE

Zhaporizhia

Mariupol

Melitopol

Kherson

odessa

Sea of ​​Azov

CRIMEA

RUSSIA

black sea

April 22

Izyum

Dnipro

UKRAINE

Zhaporizhia

Mariupol

Melitopol

Kherson

odessa

Sea of ​​Azov

CRIMEA

RUSSIA

black sea

May 8

Izyum

Dnipro

UKRAINE

Zhaporizhia

Mariupol

Melitopol

Kherson

odessa

Sea of ​​Azov

CRIMEA

v

black sea

Source: elparis

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