Mapping Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine – What Happened on Day Seven | News from around the world – News 24

Ukrainian emergency services said more than 2,000 civilians had been killed so far in the Russian invasion after seven days of fighting.

The death toll is the result of continued shelling of several towns now encircled by Russian forces, including Kharkiv, Kherson and Mariupol.

Kiev was also hit again, with a television tower and a Holocaust memorial site struck last night killing five people, as Russia’s encirclement of the capital continued.

The map below shows where Russian forces have advanced, as of 20:00 GMT on Tuesday.

Today’s main developments in the Ukraine crisis:

• At least 2,000 civilians dead as Russia advances on Kiev
• Russia recognizes hundreds of military casualties
• UN says at least 800,000 Ukrainians have fled their homes

• Boris Johnson accuses Putin of “war crime”
• Opposition leader Navalny calls for daily protests
• Joe Biden closes US airspace to Russian planes

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Some of the most significant developments have occurred in southwestern Ukraine.

The city of Kherson was claimed by Russia after heavy fighting, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, although this was disputed by local authorities.

Its capture would make it the largest urban center captured by Russia so far, home to nearly 300,000 people.

Mykolaiv, about 35 miles northwest of Kherson, will likely be Russia’s next target in this area.

Reports have surfaced of Russian troops being captured here, suggesting fighting is taking place near the town.

These battles reflect a new phase of fighting involving urban conflict, with one analyst saying it has now become a “war of cities”.

Professor Michael Clarke, former director of defense think tank RUSI, told Sky News that Russia is adopting more familiar tactics of ‘tightening up’ cities with the slow advance of artillery which can target areas civil.

It is believed that Russian forces will soon seek to sweep further west or make a naval landing at Odessa, the key port city of nearly a million people on the Black Sea.

And an image of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko briefing his security council has raised concerns that Russia intends to move further into southwestern Ukraine and Transnistria, the breakaway region of Moldova.

The image below shows an arrow moving towards the region on a map, possibly hinting at future invasion plans. However, some analysts have warned that it could be an example of “maskirovka” – Russian military deception.

A map used by Lukashenko appears to show movement in the Moldovan region of Transnistria
A map used by Lukashenko appears to show movement in the Moldovan region of Transnistria

In the southeast of the country, the past 24 hours have told the story of a steady Russian advance.

Russian troops appear to have reached the southern bank of the Dnieper north of Melitopol.

Here, civilians tried to block the Russians’ entrance to Enerhodar, home to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, only to be shot at.

Further east, Mariupol now finds itself surrounded by Russian forces. This could be an important step in consolidating a “land bridge” from Crimea to the Russian border.

Mariupol is still under Ukrainian control, which testifies to the defense of this city. According to Professor Clarke, the port city was to fall into Russian hands within hours of the invasion.

It is believed that Mariupol is surrounded to the southeast.

Cities like Mariupol faced heavy bombardment, leading to an increase in civilian casualties.

It also helps explain the growing number of people fleeing the Ukrainian border to safe haven. According to the UN, these figures have increased by more than 350,000 in 24 hours.

Map showing where Ukrainian refugees are fleeing

Many people will have faced the difficult decision of whether or not to leave their homes in Ukraine. Not everyone will be able to go, and many choose to stay and fight.

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