A new map focusing on the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine shows how Russia is struggling to hold off Ukraine’s advance.
The Newsweek timelapse map shows how Ukrainian soldiers, who have recently regained regions east of Kharkiv, are continuing to push east into the Luhansk Oblast, which is under Russian control.
Still on the eastern front, further south, Ukrainian forces are putting pressure on Russian troops as they continue to engage in fighting west of the Donetsk Oblast.
The map also shows that in south Ukraine, in the Kherson region, Ukrainian forces are continuing their push into the Kherson Oblast.
As Ukrainian forces continue to push toward Kherson, fighting has emerged north of the city as areas under limited Russian control are threatened.
In a recent update, Ukraine’s General Staff of the Armed Forces said Russia continues to lose footing in the country amid its counteroffensives.
According to a report last week from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), Russian authorities seem to be laying the groundwork to justify a planned retreat from Ukraine’s southern region of Kherson after several losses in the area. Kherson was the first Ukrainian region Russia controlled at the start of the war, but new reports are showing Russia losing its stronghold in the area.
An ISW report that was released on Tuesday suggested Ukraine has had success repelling Russian attacks this week.
“Russian forces continued to conduct unsuccessful ground attacks in Donetsk Oblast on October 25,” the report read.
It also listed the multiple areas in which Ukrainian troops had withstood and repelled Russian attempts at advancing.
The ISW mentioned a series of places in Donetsk where Ukraine had forced back Russian attacks, including Bakhmut and Soledar.
The Ukrainian general staff also said that its forces had repelled Russian attacks near Marinka and Nevelske.
According to the report, Russia had some success in stopping Ukrainian attempts at progression as well.
Marina Miron, a research fellow in the Defense Studies Department’s Center for Military Ethics at King’s College London, spoke to Newsweek about the latest developments and highlighted how both armies will be planning their next moves very carefully.
“All Ukrainian forces are preparing for Kherson, so are the Russians. The Russians don’t have enough manpower to defend the entire line of contact in different locations, so they have to prioritize,” she said.
“The Ukrainian forces are also mindful of their capabilities and do not want to overstretch their capabilities, the villages and cities they recapture would require a constant presence of troops to prevent Russians from taking them back.
“There are isolated attempts to move forward, e.g., in the North of Kherson oblast, but apparently, the Russian defences there are good enough to stop any advances.
“The Russians learned their lesson around Izyum and Lyman, so they want to concentrate their forces in strategic regions (including around Kherson and Severodonetsk and Lysychansk).
“As for the Ukrainian forces, they have been doing special reconnaissance to see where Russian defences are at their weakest to be able to attack there. However, it is still too risky to move forward. Ukraine is asking for tanks now (Ukraine’s minister of defense says that tanks are essential to be able to continue counterattacks).”
Newsweek has contacted Ukraine and Russia’s ministry of foreign affairs for comment.