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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updates

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updates

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Explosions have rocked Kyiv and other major cities across Ukraine a day after President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of terrorism following the attack on the Kerch bridge, a critical military supply route for Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and symbol of Russian prestige.

On Saturday, an explosion tore through the bridge across the Kerch Strait to Crimea, severely damaging it.

Missiles or rockets struck the central intersection of Volodymyrska Street and Shevchenko Boulevard, at the north-west entrance of Shevchenko park, one of the busiest junctions in Kyiv during morning rush hour.

Images from Kyiv showed damage to a children’s playground in Shevchenko park and to a pedestrian bridge nicknamed the “Klitschko” bridge after the city’s mayor.

Map showing Russian missile strikes targeting Kyiv.Russian missile strike on central intersection of Volodymyrska Street and Shevchenko BoulevardDamage reported at the offices of DTEKDamage to ‘Klitschko’ bridge

At the end of August, Ukraine launched its first big counter-attack since Russia’s full assault on the country began in February, even as Kyiv complained that its forces lacked sufficient heavy western weaponry to make a decisive strike.

The advance liberated 3,000 sq km of territory in just six days — Ukraine’s biggest victory since it pushed Russian troops back from the capital in March.

Ukraine’s forces have continued to push east, capturing the crucial transport hub of Lyman, near the north-eastern edge of the Donetsk province, which it wrestled from Russian control on October 1. The hard-fought victory came after nearly three weeks of battle and set the stage for a Ukrainian advance towards Svatove, a logistics centre for Russia after its troops lost the Kharkiv region in the lightning Ukrainian counter-offensive.

Map animation showing Ukrainian counter-offensive in the north east of the country since September 1

One of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s other stated aims is to recover Kherson, a regional capital with a strategic position on the Dnipro river that Moscow’s forces captured in March after they swept north from Russian-held Crimea.

Ukrainian forces broke through the front lines in Kherson overnight on October 3, one of the four regions President Vladimir Putin annexed the previous week, in the latest blow to Russia’s military campaign. Russian forces retreated about 30km in the southern Kherson region from Zolota Balka to Dudchany in a day.

Other key maps and charts from the war

The shift in the conflict’s focus towards the Donbas region follows Russia’s failure to capture Kyiv during the first phase of the war. Before Ukraine’s rapid counter-offensive, marginal Russian gains in the east suggested the war was entering a period of stalemate.

An animated map showing areas of Ukraine under Russian control through six months of war. Russia’s focus has shifted east, with the invasion reaching a stalemate in recent weeks

The Russians were thwarted in Kyiv by a combination of factors, including geography, the attackers’ blundering and modern arms — as well as Ukraine’s ingenuity with smartphones and pieces of foam mat.

Map showing Ukrainian counter-offensive area around Kyiv

The number of Ukrainians fleeing the conflict makes it one of the largest refugee crises in modern history.

Map showing Ukrainian refugees seeking safety in multiple countries – estimated refugees recorded, source UNHCR

In mid-March, an attack on a Ukrainian military base, which had been used by US troops to train Ukrainian soldiers, added to Russia’s increasingly direct threats that Nato’s continued support of Ukraine risked making it an enemy combatant in the war. On March 24, Nato agreed to establish four new multinational battle groups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia to add to troops in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

Map of Europe showing Nato member countries with locations of different military presences (multinational troops, air and sea forces, and other military)

Sources: Institute for the Study of War, Rochan Consulting, FT research

Cartography and development by Steve Bernard, Chris Campbell, Caitlin Gilbert, Emma Lewis, Joanna S Kao, Sam Learner, Ændra Rininsland, Niko Kommenda, Alan Smith, Martin Stabe, Neggeen Sadid and Liz Faunce. Based on reporting by Roman Olearchyk and John Reed in Kyiv, Guy Chazan in Lviv, Henry Foy in Brussels and Neggeen Sadid in London.