Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s war on Ukraine has been ongoing for over eight months, however Moscow’s momentum seems to be dwindling, according to new war maps.
ABC News foreign correspondent James Longman took to Twitter on Saturday comparing two maps of Ukraine during the “Russian occupation” in March versus November, which showed that Ukraine has regained 50 percent of its territory back.
Longman tweeted: “This is why Ukraine thinks total military victory is possible. For them, negotiating means giving Putin territory. But they’ve already won back 50% of what he took at the start of the war.”
After regaining control of Kherson, the Ukrainian flag was raised in the city center by troops, symbolizing the emergence of Ukrainian control.
Deputy head of Kherson’s regional council, Yuriy Sobolevskyi, also confirmed the news on his Telegram channel.
“Kherson Oblast State Administration. The photo was taken today. The mysterious disappearance of you know what … Kherson was, is, and will be only Ukrainian. And if not us, you [Russian forces] will take off your rags [Russian flags],” he wrote.
Historically, Putin has mentioned he is willing to have negotiations with Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelensky to stop the war, but only if they agree to his terms.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Russian state television in late October: “[We are] ready to talk with the West about reducing tensions, but only if there are realistic proposals based on an equal approach.”
Lavrov’s statement does not make it clear what “realistic proposals” would be acceptable to Putin or what countries he’d be willing to speak with.
Rajan Menon, the director of Grand Strategy at Defense Priorities, told Newsweek on Saturday: ”There have been press reports that the U.S. and U.K. are trying to get China involved in the G20 to help with peace talks. I’m not sure how Ukrainians feel about this because they don’t trust Putin. They feel they are gaining ground militarily. This is a terrible time to accept a cease fire. This would leave large chunks of Ukrainian territory in Russian hands.”
On Thursday, Zelensky tweeted about further aid the United States plans to provide and his conversation with President Joe Biden.
“Thank you POTUS & friendly people for showing solidarity once again-an aid package including Avenger aid defense systems & missiles for Hawk air defense systems,” he wrote. “Together we’re building an air shield to protect Ukrainian civilians. We’re bringing victory over the aggressor closer.”
In total, the U.S. has provide Ukraine with over $28 billion in military aid, over $15 billion in financial aid, and nearly $10 billion in humanitarian aid, according to Statista.