Ukraine Map Shows How Russia Lost Huge Amount of Territory in Four Hours

A new map has shown how significant Ukraine's counteroffensive was on October 4 at pushing back Russian forces.

A map produced by pro-Russian Telegram channel, has begun to be shared on Twitter.

The animated map shows Ukraine forces were able to push back Russian forces in Kherson to gain control over significant areas in the south.

"Russian media Rybar's latest map shows how dire the situation is in northern Kherson for Russia. These maps are 4 hours apart," Kyle Glen, an investigator at the Centre for Information Resilience, captioned the map.

The map shows how far Ukraine forces pushed Russian troops back in only four hours, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the advance by his forces in an address on Tuesday night.

"The Ukrainian army is advancing in quite a rapid and powerful manner in the south of the country within the context of the current defense operation," he said according to a Reuters report.

"This week alone, since the Russian pseudo-referendum, dozens of population centers have been liberated.

"These are in Kherson, Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk regions all together."

Marina Miron, a research fellow in the Defense Studies Department's Center for Military Ethics at Kings College London spoke to Newsweek and reflected on the significance of the map.

She noted that while it may look like a clear victory for Ukrainian forces, Russian forces current objective is not likely to push forward but rather conserve man power.

"The Russians in Kherson Oblast are trying to reduce the line of contact by moving south. They are trying to concentrate their formations and save manpower," she told Newsweek.

"At the same time, what is happening is that they will try to retain the strategically important right bank area.

"Right now, the Russians are waiting for reinforcements, so they need to win time losing as little men as possible."

The Russian retreats in Kherson mean that Ukraine has now made gains on at least three fronts in recent weeks, as it continues to fight a months-long invasion that some believed would result in a quick Russian victory.

Ukraine launched its Kherson counteroffensive in late August, and then began a surprise counteroffensive in the eastern Kharkiv region in early September.

Over the weekend, Ukraine advanced in the Donetsk region by retaking the city of Lyman, which the U.K. Ministry of Defence described as a "significant political setback" for Russia.

Newsweek has contacted the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment.

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Ukrainian soldiers pose atop a personnel armored carrier on a road near Lyman, Donetsk region on October 4, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. A new map has shown how significant Ukraine's counteroffensive was on October 4 at pushing back Russian forces. Anatolii Stepanov/Getty