Maps of the war in Ukraine today: Slow Russian advance in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions | International

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April 21 | Create a new front

The first days of the Russian offensive operation in southeastern Ukraine have not significantly altered the front. According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the fighting is concentrated in the cities of Popasna, Rubiyne or Severodonetsk, a city of 100,000 inhabitants where the Russians already claim to control the suburbs.


reclaimed area

for Ukraine

annexed by

Russia in 2014

Note: What is monitoring? Maintain physical influence over an area to prevent its use by the enemy. It can be achieved by occupying it or overpowering it with weapons. It does not imply governance or legitimacy. Sources: Institute for the Study of War and American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project (for advances and controlled areas); UK Intelligence (fenced cities); EL PAÍS and other sources (combats and bombardments).

Area recovered by Ukraine

annexed by

Russia in 2014

Note: What is monitoring? Maintain physical influence over an area to prevent its use by the enemy. It can be achieved by occupying it or overpowering it with weapons. It does not imply governance or legitimacy. Sources: Institute for the Study of War and American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project (for advances and controlled areas); UK Intelligence (fenced cities); EL PAÍS and other sources (combats and bombardments).

Area recovered by Ukraine

annexed by

Russia in 2014

Note: What is monitoring? Maintain physical influence over an area to prevent its use by the enemy. It can be achieved by occupying it or overpowering it with weapons. It does not imply governance or legitimacy. Sources: Institute for the Study of War and American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project (for advances and controlled areas); UK Intelligence (fenced cities); EL PAÍS and other sources (combats and bombardments).

The advance in this direction is aimed at reaching at least as far as Kramatorsk, some 80 kilometers away. This center, south of Izium, would allow the Kremlin to unite the northern and southern parts of its front in eastern Ukraine. With the same logic (closing their territories in the oblast of Donetsk and Lugansk, part of the historical region of Donbas), the Russian troops continue the siege of the city of Kharkov and move their troops from this center towards Izium.

Further south, the city of Mariupol and its steel mill have become the last bastion of the Ukrainian resistance. After several days of negotiations, some humanitarian corridors would have been agreed to let out the civilians still sheltering in this industrial zone of the city. The ISW and British intelligence agree that the Kremlin likely intends to proclaim control over Mariupol by May 9, a national holiday in Russia that commemorates the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.

In the region of Kherson, bordering Crimea, which Putin annexed in 2014, Russian efforts to reach Odessa are not appreciated, as it seemed until a few weeks ago. The bulk of the fighting is now concentrated on the outskirts of the city that gives its name to the region and that the Ukrainian forces are reportedly trying to recapture.

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