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MAP OF UKRAINE. The war in Ukraine has been going on for a month, but the positions are frozen as never before, the Russians have been standing in their positions for several days. Up-to-date maps…

[Mis à jour le 25 mars 2022 à 16h14] The war in Ukraine, launched by Vladimir Putin on February 24, has turned into a trench war, with Russian troops advancing slowly, even bogging down in places, in a resisting country. Vladimir Putin’s army seems to be suffering from supply problems and has been unable to synchronize operations on multiple fronts at the same time since the end of February.

Since the beginning of the conflict, maps have played a key role in understanding the Russian military operation and in real-time monitoring of the situation. Here are the best sources available with up-to-date maps.

War maps in Ukraine

A few days after the start of the war in Ukraine, the French Ministry of Defense prepared an update of the situation and a map detailing the theater of operations. The map is posted on the portal of the Ministry of Defense and is updated daily.

Map of the situation in Ukraine compiled by the French Ministry of Defense.
Situational map of the French Ministry of Defense dated March 25, 2022 (click on the map to enlarge). © Ministry of Defense

The UK Department of Defense also provides very regular reports on the situation in Ukraine. In addition to “Intelligence Updates” (updates of information on the ground) delivered on his Twitter accountthere are also maps that reflect the daily situation.

Ukrainian site map Liveuamap

One of the most valuable documents currently available on the Internet is a map compiled by Liveuamap.com, an independent Ukrainian platform that collects and cross-checks various information from media and social media sources and allows visualization, in real time, or almost, of collisions and successive strikes in the country.

Another interactive map published on MapHub allows you to visualize Russian attacks and Ukrainian defensive actions since the beginning of the conflict. The tool, which lists hundreds of events to date, is run by the Center for Information Resilience (CIR), an independent UK not-for-profit company that is also dedicated to identifying, responding to and denouncing influence operations. CIR aims to “raise awareness of and help counter the threat affecting operations, including disinformation, to democracy and objective truth.”

Situational maps of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW)

The reports and maps produced daily by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) provide the press (including Le Monde) with up-to-date and accurate information. The Institute for the Study of War is a non-profit, nonpartisan public policy research organization. It “promotes an informed understanding of military affairs through sound research, sound analysis, and innovative education.”

Maps of media and journalists in France and abroad

Several agencies provide the press with daily updated maps and charts. This is the case with Agence France Presse in France, as well as specialized services such as Visactu or Graphic News, an independent international agency funded entirely by media publishers. Most of these maps are updated at the end of the day (depending on the update dates, the maps below may be dated a day earlier).

In France, reference sites such as Le Monde or Le Figaro offer to follow the advance of Russian troops with a series of maps based on reliable data from the sources mentioned above. World Decoders offers a map of the day-to-day evolution of the Russian invasion, including a slider to navigate through the timeline of the conflict. Le Figaro compiled several maps based on information from the Liveuamap website, Graphicnews and other news agencies such as AFP.

On Twitter, the maps and accounts of the situation by historian and ex-soldier Michel Goya, who became a columnist for BFMTV, are among the most comprehensive. These documents are also posted on his blog. Abroad, the websites of the two leading American media outlets, the New York Times and the Washington Post, also offer up-to-date maps.

The battles for Kyiv and Mariupol are mapped

The battle for Kyiv, like the battle for Mariupol in particular, was highlighted by several media outlets in France and around the world. Visactu, a French agency specializing in the production of infographics for the press, offers regular updates on the situation in the Ukrainian capital. Le Monde, Le Figaro, The New York Times or The Washington Post are among the media outlets that provide the best coverage. Kyiv Independentnewspaper from the Ukrainian capital, regularly covering the situation.

In the UK, the BBC also has a page on the fighting in Ukraine, with a recent focus on Mariupol. Some cards also let you know about the situation in the capital. Another British publication, the Financial Times, is also ditching its maps prior to the clashes in Kyiv.

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