Ukraine war in maps: Tracking the Russian invasion

01 August 2022
 Ukraine war in maps: Tracking the Russian invasion

A counter-offensive by Ukrainian troops in the south of the country is "gathering momentum" around the occupied city of Kherson, according to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Ukraine's forces have been using new long-range artillery to target bridges across the Dnipro River and the MoD said that two recent attacks on the Antonivskiy Bridge in Kherson have left Russian troops "virtually cut off".

Kherson was the first city in Ukraine to be taken by Russian forces after their invasion in February. The MoD said its loss would "severely undermine Russia's attempts to paint the occupation as a success".

In the southern port of Odesa, which has remained under Ukrainian control throughout the conflict, officials have said they are working to resume grain exports after an agreement was reached with Russia last week.

Under the deal, Russia agreed not to target ports while grain was in transit, while Ukraine pledged to guide cargo ships through waters that have been mined.

However, the agreement was thrown into chaos less than 24 hours after the deal was signed, when two Russian missiles targeted the port in Odesa.

Russian officials have said their forces are fighting for the "complete liberation" of the Donbas, which broadly refers to Ukraine's eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, where Russian-backed separatists held significant territory before the invasion.

Russian forces now control all of the Luhansk region and they are continuing to make small advances in the Donetsk region.