Ukraine-Russia War: 6 Maps to Make Sense of the Invasion

Russia's invasion: Maps of Ukraine's breakaway regions, Ukraine military strength, Ukraine's main populated areas, Germany suspends Nord Stream 2 pipeline

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Traffic jams are seen as people leave the city of Kyiv, Ukraine.
Traffic jams are seen as people leave the city of Kyiv, Ukraine.Credit: Emilio Morenatti /AP

Russian troops launched a broad assault on Ukraine from three sides on Thursday, an attack that began with explosions before dawn in the capital Kyiv and other cities.

Ukraine’s leadership called the attack a “full-scale war” targeting the country from the east, north and south.

In a televised address as the attack began, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned other countries that any attempt to interfere would “lead to consequences you have never seen in history.”

Ukrainians started fleeing some cities, and the Russian military claimed to have incapacitated all of Ukraine’s air defenses and air bases within hours. World leaders decried the start of an invasion that could cause massive casualties, topple Ukraine’s democratically elected government and threaten the post-Cold War balance on the continent.

U.S. President Joe Biden declared that the world will “hold Russia accountable." NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg condemned Russia's action as a violation of international law and a threat to European security.

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Here are five maps to make sense of the Russian invasion in Ukraine:

A map of Ukraine's breakaway regions.Credit: Reuters
Russia Ukraine invasionCredit: Reuters
NATO deployment in Europe.
Ukraine's military strength.Credit: Reuters
Ukraine's main populated areas.Credit: Reuters
Germany suspends approval of Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline.Credit: Reuters

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