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What We Know — Day 14: Wednesday, March 9

Russia on Wednesday defeated Ukrainian towns and pushed towards the capital Kiev. Western officials said Russia was regrouping around Kiev, potentially in preparation for a new offensive on the capital in the coming days. The Ukrainian Armed Forces reported heavy fighting around the city over the past few hours.

The number of Ukrainians fleeing the fighting reached 2.16 million on March 8, the UN refugee agency reported, amid concerns over the growing refugee crisis.

The country hosting the largest number of refugees is Poland, with 1.3 million alone.

Map showing that 2.2 million people have left Ukraine.  Total arrivals from Ukraine between February 24 and March 8, 2022. The country hosting the largest number of refugees is Poland, with 1.3 million alone.

War Key Cards

This animation provides a day-to-day view of Russian military activity since the start of the invasion on February 24.

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Russia’s aviation industry is facing a crisis, with its carriers banned from large swaths of the world’s skies.

Maps showing flight routes affected by airspace closures

In the UK, the Office for National Statistics has released preliminary 2021 census data which shows the distribution of Ukrainian and Russian diasporas in England and Wales.

Ukrainians fleeing their homeland could be housed in the lavish British residences of sanctioned oligarchs under proposals being discussed by the British government. ONS data shows distinct patterns of Ukrainian and Russian residents in London.

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The war in Ukraine has led to a reduction in the number of international commercial flights to Russia, according to data from consultant VesselsValue.

Animation comparing international flights from February 28 to March 1 with those from February 21 to 22.  The number of flights to Russia fell from 272 to 129

On February 28, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicated that he would invoke a clause in the 1936 Montreux Convention that allows Ankara to limit the passage of warships belonging to the warring parties through the Dardanelles and Bosphorus straits. . “We have the authority and we have decided to use it in a way to prevent the crisis from getting worse,” he said.

Map showing the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus at the entrance to the Black Sea

The multi-pronged invasion of Russia suggests the plan is to advance south towards Kiev from Belarus, encircle Ukrainian forces to the east and sever the country from the Russian border at sea Black.

Map showing how Russia's invasion of Ukraine could unfold Initial cruise missile strikes on military sites, airfields and troop depots in Kiev, Kharkiv and Dnipro.  Along with artillery bombardment along the Line of Control in eastern Ukraine Ground advance (troops and tanks) south of Belarus to encircle Kiev Advance north of Crimea and east across the Donbass with the aim of encircling the bulk of Ukrainian forces to the east and cutting them off from Kiev's advance from Crimea along the Black Sea coast to Odessa.  The central column moves west to the Dnipro River, ultimate target Kiev Ukraine attempts a strategic retreat west of the current Line of Control avoiding the movement of the Russian pincer.  At some point, Ukrainian troops will have to hold the line, but it's unclear when that might be.

On February 22, Putin recognized the separatist governments of Lugansk and Donetsk, two provinces in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region, and ordered Russian troops to enter them. On February 24, Moscow launched a full-scale invasion of the country.

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

Sources: Institute for the Study of WarRochan Consulting, FT research

Mapping and development by Steve Bernard, Chris Campbell, Emma Lewis, Joanna S. Kao, sam learning, Ændra Rininsland, Niko Kommenda, Alan Smith and Martin Stabe. Based on reports from Roman Olarchyk and John Rose in Kyiv, Guy Chazan in Lvov, Henry Foy in Brussels

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