Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in maps — latest updates

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Vladimir Putin has begun a full military invasion of Ukraine, with Russian troops attacking from the northern border from Belarus, the eastern frontier with Russia, and in the south from Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula Moscow invaded and annexed in 2014.

In Kyiv, the capital, explosions were heard before dawn on Thursday, and the main roads out of the city were jammed with cars as residents fled.

Russian forces had shelled units in the east of the country and struck airfields in Kyiv’s airport, Boryspil, Ozerne, Kulbakino, Chuhuiv, Kramatorsk, Chornobaivka with missiles, Ukraine’s armed forces said in a statement. Video of explosions at an army depot in Kalynivka, a town south-west of Kyiv near the provincial city of Vinnytsia, was aired on Ukrainian television.

Putin on Tuesday recognised the separatist governments in Luhansk and Donetsk, two provinces in the eastern Donbas region of Ukraine, and ordered Russian troops to enter them.

Map showing Luhansk and Donetsk area controlled by Russia-backed separatists and Moscow.

On Thursday morning, Russian incursions suggested the invasion forces aim to advance south towards Kyiv, encircling Ukraine’s forces in the east, and cleaving the country from the Russian border to the Black Sea.

Map showing how Russia's invasion of Ukraine may play out   Initial cruise missile strikes on military sites, airfields and troop depots in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Dnipro. Alongside artillery shelling along line of control in eastern Ukraine  Ground advance (troops and tanks) south from Belarus to encircle Kyiv  Advance north from Crimea and east through Donbas in a bid to encircle bulk of Ukrainian forces in the east and cut them off from Kyiv  Advance from Crimea along Black Sea coast to Odesa. Central column moves west to Dnipro river, ultimate target Kyiv  Ukraine attempts strategic retreat west from current line of control evading Russian pincer movement. At some point, Ukrainian troops will need to hold the line, but unclear when that may be

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