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Maps of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

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After 100 days of brutal clashes, invading Russian forces control around 20% of Ukrainian territory, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the Luxembourg parliament on Thursday. The battlefield spans large swaths of the country, from the northeast region of Kharkiv to Mykolaiv near the south, Zelensky added.

The front along the Donets River

Pro-Kremlin media have reported that Russian forces are entering a new stage in their eastern assault, with plans to retake Sloviansk and the nearby city of Kramatorsk soon. The Ukrainian military said in a statement that Russian forces were concentrating the fight on Sloviansk, targeting villages on its outskirts even as Ukrainian forces fought to retain their territory. (Read more)

The Donbass region of Ukraine

The Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine, known collectively as Donbass, has long been a flashpoint for the conflict between the two countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly invoked the idea of ​​Donbass’ distinctive regional identity as the basis for “defending” his Russian-speaking people inside Ukraine.

Parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions were already ruled by separatists loyal to Moscow before Russia launched its latest invasion in February. Since then, US officials say Russian forces have not made much military progress in Donbas; one official described the progress as “anaemic”. Read more.

Ukrainians rush to cross to neighboring countries

Fighting across the country has driven nearly 6 million people from Ukraine to neighboring countries, the UN refugee agency said. According to the Border Police authorities, the majority of Ukrainians are fleeing to Poland.

Men between the ages of 18 and 60 are not allowed to leave the country following President Volodymyr Zelensky’s call to take up arms and defend the country against Russian invaders.

After weeks of evacuation attempts, more than 125,000 Ukrainian civilians were able to use the humanitarian corridors to leave the bombed cities, according to a video address by Zelensky.

Russia had previously offered routes to Russia or Belarus, which were rejected by Ukraine. Ukrainian officials have accused Russian troops of repeatedly shelling food and medicine convoys trying to reach the besieged city of Mariupol.

Dylan Moriarty, Artur Galocha, Joe Fox, Harry Stevens, Hannah Dormido, Laris Karklis, Lauren Tierney, Tim Meko, Simon Ducroquet, Júlia Ledur, Adrián Blanco and N. Kirkpatrick contributed to this report.

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