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Nine months of war in Ukraine in one map: how much territory has Russia invaded, then ceded?

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On February 24, 2022, after months of tension between Moscow and kyiv, the Russian army crossed the border from its Ukrainian neighbor to the south, east and north. After a failed offensive on the capital, Russian troops withdrew from the north of the country in early April to focus on its offensive in southern and eastern Ukraine.

Read the decryption: Invasion of Ukraine in maps: the evolution of the fights week by week

At the same time, Moscow changed its war aims, no longer talking so much about “regime change in Kyiv” that of “liberation” of the whole of Donbass – where there are two self-proclaimed pro-Russian republics.

In September, the Armed Forces of Ukraine took over 6,000 km2 in Kharkiv Oblast, in the east of the country. Taking advantage of a weakness in the Russian defensive system, kyiv even managed to rout several units, which had to leave equipment behind without even having time to destroy it.

Finally, in early November, the Russians withdrew from the right bank of the Dnieper, where the only regional capital they had conquered, Kherson, which Ukrainian forces entered on 11 November, is located.

Of the observers of the conflict estimate that Russia controlled 25% of Ukrainian territory in March, compared to about 15% currently.

This map shows the territories taken back from Russia since February 24, as well as those that Moscow still occupies in the November 24, 2022after nine months of fighting.

Kyiv Kyiv Kharkov Kharkov Lviv Lviv Sevastopol Sevastopol Odessa Odessa Dnipro Dnipro Chernihiv Chernihiv Mariupol Mariupol Donetsk Donetsk Luhansk Luhansk Brest Brest Kherson Kherson Vinnytsia Vinnytsia Cherkasy Cherkasy Sumy Sumy Zaporizhia Zaporizhia Mykolaiv Mykolaiv Kryvyi Rih Kryvyi Rih Izioum Izioum Sievierodonetsk Sievierodonetsk Sea Black Belarus Russia Romania Moldova Ukraine 100km

Russia and allies

Crimea, annexed since 2014

Territory occupied by Russia

Territory occupied by Russia then taken over by Ukraine

Ukrainian-held city

City conquered by the Russians

Nuclear power plants in operation
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