Map shows Ukraine beating Russia, reclaiming 50 percent of territory

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine has been going on for more than eight months, but Moscow’s momentum appears to be waning, according to new war maps.

On Friday, Russia withdrew completely from Kherson, the largest urban center captured by Putin’s forces since the Kremlin launched the internationally condemned invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

TBEN News foreign correspondent James Longman on Twitter on Saturday compared two maps of Ukraine during the “Russian occupation” in March and November, which showed that Ukraine has regained 50 percent of its territory.

Longman tweeted: “This is why Ukraine thinks total military victory is possible. For them, negotiating means giving Putin territory. But they have already reclaimed 50% of what he won at the start of the war.”

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After regaining control of Kherson, the Ukrainian flag was hoisted by troops in the city center, symbolizing the rise of Ukrainian control.

Deputy head of the Kherson Regional Council, Yuriy Sobolevskyi, also confirmed the news on his Telegram channel.

“Kherson Oblast State Administration. The photo was taken today. The mysterious disappearance of you know what … Kherson was, is and will only be Ukrainian. And if not us, you [Russian forces] will take off your rags [Russian flags],” He wrote.

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Historically, Putin has said he is willing to negotiate with Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelensky to end the war, but only if they agree to his terms.

Above, Ukrainian military forces push a ZU-23-2 automatic anti-aircraft gun into their positions near the frontline in the Kharkov region on Nov. 11. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine has been going on for more than eight months, but Moscow’s momentum appears to be waning, according to new war maps.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Russian state television at the end of October: “[We are] willing to talk to the West about easing tensions, but only if there are realistic proposals based on an equivalent approach.”

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Lavrov’s statement does not clarify which “realistic proposals” would be acceptable to Putin or which countries he would like to speak to.

Rajan Menon, the director of Grand Strategy at Defense Priorities, said: News week on Saturday: “There are reports in the press that the US and UK are trying to involve China in the G20 to help with peace talks. I’m not sure what Ukrainians think about this because they don’t trust Putin. They feel they are gaining military ground. This is a terrible time to accept a ceasefire. As a result, large tracts of Ukrainian territory would fall into Russian hands.”

On Thursday, Zelensky tweeted about further aid the United States plans to provide and his conversation with President Joe Biden.

“Thank you POTUS and kind folks for showing solidarity once again – an aid package including Avenger relief defense systems and missiles for Hawk air defense systems,” he wrote. “Together we build an air shield to protect Ukrainian civilians. We bring the victory over the aggressor closer.”

In total, the US has given Ukraine more than $28 billion in military aid, more than $15 billion in financial aid and nearly $10 billion in humanitarian aid, Statista said.