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In Spite of Russia’s Impending Doom, Ukraine Territory Under Russian Control Has Steadily Grown

Looking at the maps over time, we might consider surrender as a better option than another 10 years of war.

4 min readJul 1, 2022


I look at the maps, the headlines, and the trends and I just don’t see it. I don’t see Russia failing. Some people say that Russia intended to take over all of Ukraine. I have never seen a statement by Putin or anyone else from Russia saying that the objective was to take over the entire country. But Russia now has a great deal of military control over the eastern and southern flanks of Ukraine.

If the maps at the BBC and the Institute for the Study of War and Critical Threats show current trends, Russia has only grown the amount of territory under its control since the start of the war in Ukraine.

That seems to be about all they really want. No one believes that Russia has the power to take over the entire country of Ukraine. Putin and others within the Russian government have repeatedly said that they only intended to protect Russians living in the east and the south of Ukraine. I take them at their word, pending what really happens.

Nobody really knows what will happen next.