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War maps of Ukraine show Russian advances in 10 frontline locations

Russian troops have advanced along the front line near settlements in three regions, as maps show the latest state of play in the war, according to a Ukrainian open source project.

Moscow’s armed forces have gained momentum in recent weeks amid Vladimir Putin’s all-out invasion, launching an attack on May 10 in the northeastern Kharkov region bordering Russia, helped in part by Ukrainian shortages of ammunition and equipment.

While the Ukrainian General Staff described the situation on the front on Sunday as “tense, but under control,” Telegram channel Deep State noted Russian advances into a total of ten villages, two in Kharkiv Oblast and others in the Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions.

The live map showed the extent of the advance to Robotyne and Verbove in the Zaporizhia region, as well as six villages in the Donetsk region.

Map of the war in Ukraine
This map of the Ukrainian OSINT DeepState shows Russian pressure in Ukraine.

Screen recording via Telegram channel DeepState

The latest maps from the Institute for the Study of War also show the extent of Russia’s latest effort. A graph from the Washington DC think tank in its update on Sunday showed how Russian troops had advanced into central and northern Vovchansk, in the Kharkiv region, just across the Russian border.

Kharkiv’s deputy governor, Roman Semenukha, told Ukrainian television on Monday that despite Russian attacks, Kiev’s forces still control about 60 percent of the city.

The ISW also said Russian forces had advanced west and southwest of the city of Donetsk. Further south, in Zaporizhia, offensive operations continued with the expulsion of Ukrainian forces from Robotyne.

ISW map Kharkiv region
This map from the Institute for the Study of War shows the state of affairs in the Kharkov region of Ukraine.

Institute for the Study of War

It comes as Ukraine awaits further military supplies from the West and as it waits to see whether a $61 billion U.S. package passed by Congress can turn the tide in favor of Kiev’s armed forces, which have been receiving artillery and other resources in recent months had to save money on the battlefield. .

Meanwhile, a new mobilization law came into effect on May 18, which Ukrainian lawmakers hope will replenish dwindling troop numbers in an effort to stave off Russian forces, which have captured about 800 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory so far this year. compared to the 600 square kilometers. kilometers gained throughout 2023.

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On May 7, 2024, a Ukrainian archer artillery system is seen in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. Russian troops have reportedly advanced to at least ten villages in the Donetsk, Zaporizhia and Kharkov regions.

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“The major military discrepancies between Ukraine and Russia are glaring,” Leon Hartwell, senior fellow at the London School of Economics think tank LSE IDEAS, told me. Newsweek. “Traditionally, a three-to-one superiority is considered necessary for successful offensive maneuvers, a threshold that Ukraine currently lacks.”

“Since last year, Ukraine has been outgunned by Russia by a factor of five to one in artillery and seven to one in drones,” Hartwell said. “Current conditions could be even more unfavorable. As a result, Ukraine finds itself predominantly on the defensive, but with weakened defensive capabilities.”