Ukrainian War Maps

Ukrainian War Maps

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Today, day 137 of the war: Russia regroups in Sloviansk and attacks Chasiv Yar

Ukraine has accused Russia of attacking positions near Sloviansk and attempt to regroup around the town of Bilohorivka, some 50 kilometers to the east, to continue the offensive across the Donbass. Also this Sunday, reported a Russian missile attack on an apartment building in the city of Chasiv Yarin Donetsk, where at least six people have died and others remain stranded.

As stated in his report the institute for the study of warRussian forces also continued localized attacks northwest of the city of Kharkiv, likely in an effort to defend Russian land lines of communication in the area.

Moscow continues to face “a shortage of personnel and equipment”, resorting to “old armored personnel carriers” and launching new recruitment campaigns, adds the American think tank. The British Ministry of Defence, for its part, indicated that it is likely that Russia has made some “small territorial advances” around Popasna.

Rescue teams work among the rubble of a partially destroyed building after a shelling, in Chasiv Yar, eastern Ukraine. Miguel Medina / AFP

Saturday July 10, day 136 of the war: Russia maintains its offensive in Donetsk and tries to cut the Ukrainian lines of communication in Kharkiv

A week has passed since the Russian capture of Lugansk, as Ukrainian forces step up their offensive in the eastern Donbass region to halt Moscow’s advance and urge the allies to send in more weapons. This Saturday, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced the destruction of a hangar with US M-777 howitzersknown as howitzer in the vicinity of the town of Chasiv Yar, near Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, as well as in areas where foreign mercenaries are stationed in Ukraine.

In Sloviansk, Siversk, Kherson and Mikolaiv, Russian forces continued limited offensive operations, according to the Institute for the Study of War in its report. In addition, Russian forces launched attacks on Dementiivka, in Kharkov, to disrupt Ukrainian land lines of communication (GLOC) along the T2117 highway, the US think tank added.

The UK Ministry of Defence, for its part, argued that Russia gathers reserve forces from across the country and move them near Ukraine for future offensive operations. A significant part of these infantry units is deployed with MT-LB armored vehicles, he pointed out in a report.

Friday July 9, day 135 of the war: Russia confirms the operational pause to reorganize its forces

Moscow confirmed that is immersed in an operational pause to “recover its combat capacity” without specifying the duration of this phase, as indicated by its report for the Institute for the Study of War. This pause, however, does not mean the end of hostilities. the russian army maintains albeit “limited” ground offensives and air, artillery and missile attacks on all fronts.

It is “likely”, according to British intelligence, that Russia is concentrating the teams on the front line towards Siversk, “about 8 kilometers west” of the current Russian front. It is “probable”, he adds, that they “will stop for supplies before undertaking new offensive operations in the Donetsk region”. It is “realistic” to think that their “immediate tactical objective” is this town of Siversk as their forces attempt to advance towards its “most likely operational target” of the Sloviansk-Kramatorsk region.

In recent hours, Ukraine has released footage of the supposed raising of its flag on Serpents’ Island, taken by the Russians at the start of the invasion of the country on February 24. It is a small islet in the Black Sea, 140 kilometers from Odessa.

Image of the raising of the Ukrainian flag on Snake Island, based on photo provided by the Defense Staff Reuters

Thursday July 7, day 134 of the war: the lack of progress on the ground suggests an “operational pause” for Russia

The Russian army maintains heavy shelling on the front line of the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, but without advancing on the ground in what appears to be an “operational pause”. The fact that the Russian Defense Ministry has claimed no territorial gains in the past few hours for the first time since the invasion began on February 24, may be a sign that Russian forces may have halted their large-scale offensives after the capture of Lysychansk, according to the Institute for the Study of War.

Along the same lines, the latest British intelligence report indicates that “The Russian units involved in the territorial gains of the last few weeks are probably now replenished”.

This operational pause does not “imply or require” -according to the ISW- “the complete cessation of hostilities For the American think tank, this means that Moscow will probably limit itself to small-scale offensives while trying to set up the conditions for more ambitious operations in the future.

In this sense, Russia has led in recent hours “limited and unsuccessful” ground attacks to advance towards Sloviansk of Izyum and Lyman; to get siversk from the west of Lysychansk and the border of the Lugansk region; and also reach Bakhmut.

Last week

On February 24, the Russian invasion of Ukraine began with airstrikes and ground offensives. In the nineteenth week of the war, from June 30 to July 6, Moscow took control of Lysychansk, the last city left for it to take after Severodonetsk to control the entire Luhansk region. Following this latest victory, the cities of Sloviansk, Siversk and Bakhmut, all located in the Donetsk region, are the next target. In the nineteenth week, Russia also withdrew from Snake Island, a small strategic islet for the control of the Black Sea 140 kilometers from the port of Odessa.

In the following link you can view this week’s conflict log and access those from previous weeks.

Ana Martín Plaza, Daniel Flores, José Ángel Carpio, Cristina Pozo García, Jaime Gutiérrez, Paula Guisado, Pilar Bayón and the RTVE Design team contribute to the preparation of this information.

about these cards

The situation in Ukraine is constantly changing, but the flow of information is not constant. Therefore, this article is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather to provide a general overview of the attacks. Past events may continue to appear on the cards and others may take time to reflect.

There is a methodological debate that assigning entire geographical areas to the control of Russian troops may imply that there is no resistance or counterattacks from the Ukrainian Armed Forces. However, these maps seek to visualize the areas in which the advances and maneuvers of Russian troops are taking place, take a standard military approach daily recording the movements of conventional maneuver warfare like the one Russia is waging in Ukraine. This monitoring of maneuvers and tactics is essential for understanding and evaluating the evolution of the war.

Information on the advance of Russian troops comes from reports from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in Washington as well as from the Critical Threats project. Its daily updates show which parts of Ukraine are under Russian control, understanding “control” as influence over an area against an enemy. In this sense, the colored areas do not imply the complete elimination of local resistance.

To supplement the information, updates from the UK Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine are used, as well as data, videos and photographs provided by news agencies, media international and other reliable sources of information reviewed by the DataRTVE team.

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