Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updates
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WHAT WE KNOW, SUNDAY JULY 3
Russia claimed to have seized the entirety of the Luhansk region following the capture of the city of Lysychansk, Ukraine’s last stronghold in the area.
Meanwhile, Ukraine claimed it had destroyed a Russian base in Melitopol in a rocket strike.
Russian and Ukrainian military claims cannot be independently verified.
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. The Russians were thwarted 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.
The number of Ukrainians fleeing the conflict makes it one of the largest refugee crises in modern history.
Despite starting only a few months ago, the war has resulted in nearly twice as many people leaving Ukraine compared with those that fled the Iraq war, which spanned nine years.
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.
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. Based on reporting by Roman Olearchyk and John Reed in Kyiv, Guy Chazan in Lviv, Henry Foy in Brussels and Neggeen Sadid in London
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