Russian forces have withdrawn from areas immediately to the north and northwest of Kyiv, the capital; meanwhile, Russian withdrawals are taking place east of Kyiv; Ukrainian Army units are harassing Russian rearguards and re-occupying towns and villages as the Russian Army withdraws. It is believed that a number of the withdrawing Russian units will be sent to reinforce the efforts to capture all of the Donbass.
In the south, reports of Ukrainian recapture of most of the territory north of Kherson may have been false, as it appears that the Russian military again controls most of the region west of the Dnipro River, including Velyka Oleksandrivka and Borozenske. The town of Lyubymivka is contested between Russian and Ukrainian forces.
Compare Russian control of Ukrainian territory at the end of this week on the map above, with that controlled by Russia at the beginning of this week, on the map below.
Blog Editor Patrick Cloutier is the author of Mussolini’s War in the East 1941-1943.