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Monday, December 05, 2022

Ukraine war: Putin again lost territory the size of Denmark

Since March 21, the territory occupied by Russian forces during the Ukraine war has been steadily decreasing. Kyiv was able to re-conquer an area the size of Denmark.

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  • The Kremlin claimed yesterday that it had continued to achieve all of its maximum goals in Ukraine.
  • War researchers have calculated the size of the territories left by Russia.
  • Result: Putin has again lost territories the size of Denmark.

Six months ago, Russian troops landed in Ukraine for the first time in Ivankiev and Cherson. Within a month, Putin’s fighters had gone deep into the country’s interior.

On 21 March, the occupied territories in the Ukraine War reached its peak. Then the advance faltered.

The Institute for the Study of War has calculated how much territory Russia has conquered since resuming its offensive in the Ukraine War on 16 July.

Result: It’s not much. Quite the contrary: at the same time, Ukraine has been able to gain almost a hundred times its territory since the end of March.

War in Ukraine: Russia must give up territory the size of Denmark

At 603,700 square kilometres, Ukraine is the largest country whose borders lie entirely within Europe. Since March 21, the Russian army has withdrawn from 45,000 square kilometers. This roughly corresponds to the territory of Denmark.

At the same time, since the resumption of the offensive 39 days ago, only about 450 square kilometers have been recaptured so far. This is especially true in the east and south of Ukraine: parts of the Donbass and Zaporizhia and Donetsk regions have been under Russian control since the beginning of the war.

The Kremlin claims to have deliberately slowed down the invasion

Despite the unsuccessful storming of Kyiv, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said yesterday that everything is going according to plan. “We will achieve all of our primary goals.” Slowing down the military campaign was a conscious decision to protect civilians.

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The Kremlin redefined its goals around 20 April, when it began to consolidate its forces from Kyiv to secure the Donbass. During the retreat from the Kyiv suburbs, among other things, the Buka massacre came to light.

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