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Ukraine war: 4 key locations in the conflict right now

Cars burn after Russian military strike, as Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, in central Kyiv, Ukraine October 10, 2022.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Cars burn in central Kyiv, Ukraine, on Monday after a Russian missile strike. (Reuters)

Russia launched a series of missile strikes on cities in Ukraine during rush hour on Monday, killing several civilians.

A number of locations were targeted in the latest Russian offensive, including the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, which hadn't been bombed for months.

It was reported that at least eight people were killed in Kyiv and 24 injured in the strikes.

They were apparently launched in retaliation for a Ukraine attack on the Kerch Bridge, the crossing between Russia and annexed Crimea.

Watch: Journalist forced to take cover as missile strikes hit Kyiv

Russian president Vladimir Putin had called the bridge attack a "terrorist act" at the weekend. Hours later, his country launched missile attacks across Ukraine.

Here are some of the key locations in the conflict:

Kyiv

Ukraine's capital was targeted by Russian strikes on Monday for the first time in months.

The attack on Kyiv resulted in explosions in the city’s Shevchenko district, a central area that includes the historic old town as well as several government offices.

Ukraine’s defence ministry said 75 missiles were launched by Russia, of which 41 were shot down.

KYIV, UKRAINE - OCTOBER 10: A view of the scene after several explosions rocked the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv on October 10, 2022. At least eight people were killed in Ukraine's capital early on Monday in a Russian strike on several cities, according to the country's authorities. At least 24 people were injured in the shelling of Shevchenkivskyi, an urban district in Kyiv, said the Ukrainian Interior Ministry. (Photo by Viacheslav Ratynskyi/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Several explosions rocked the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, on Monday. (Reuters)
Smoke rises over the city after a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine October 10, 2022.  REUTERS/Oleksandr Klymenko
Smoke rises over the city of Kyiv on Monday after a Russian missile strike. (Reuters)

Lesia Vasylenko, a member of Ukraine’s parliament, posted a photo on Twitter showing that at least one explosion occurred near the main building of the Kyiv National University in central Kyiv.

“What is Russia trying to hit?” she asked. “The national university? The park? Or the playground?”

An air raid alert in the city ended at lunchtime after almost six hours.

Russian missile strikes on Ukraine on 10 October (PA Graphics)
Russian missile strikes on Ukraine on 10 October (PA Graphics)

Kherson Oblast

On Sunday, Ukraine said it had recaptured 450 square miles of land from Russian forces in the Kherson Oblast region (marked on the map above).

The battle to win back the land in the south of the country on the bank of the Dnipro River has been a long one compared to its recent successes in the north-east.

KHERSON, UKRAINE - OCTOBER 07: A view of the village, located in the border of the Kherson region where the control was again taken by the Ukrainian forces, as Ukrainian soldiers patrol around the site amid Ukraine's counterattack against Russian forces in the southern Kherson region, heavy clashes continue between the two sides in Kherson city, located in Kherson Oblast, Ukraine on October 07, 2022. Ukrainian forces retook 29 settlements in Kherson on an area of 400 square kilometers (about 155 square miles) on Oct. 1-6 as the counter offensive launched on Aug. 29 continues, according to information provided by officials. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Ukrainian soldiers on patrol in the southern Kherson region on Friday. (Getty Images)
KHERSON, UKRAINE - OCTOBER 07: A view of the village, located in the border of the Kherson region where the control was again taken by the Ukrainian forces, as Ukrainian soldiers patrol around the site amid Ukraine's counterattack against Russian forces in the southern Kherson region, heavy clashes continue between the two sides in Kherson city, located in Kherson Oblast, Ukraine on October 07, 2022. Ukrainian forces retook 29 settlements in Kherson on an area of 400 square kilometers (about 155 square miles) on Oct. 1-6 as the counter offensive launched on Aug. 29 continues, according to information provided by officials. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
The city of Kherson in the Kherson Oblast region of Ukraine is a key location in the conflict. (Getty Images)

Southern military command spokesperson Natalia Humeniuk said Ukraine is making progress on the Kherson front, but that more progress is needed to secure newly recaptured territories.

Read more: BBC reporter ducks for cover live on air as explosions hit Kyiv

"Work is continuing on consolidation of territory, clearing it and conducting stabilising operations, as the settlements we enter contain many surprises left by the (Russian) occupiers," she said.

"As of today, from the beginning of the counter-offensive, over 1,170 square kilometres have been liberated in the Kherson direction."

The flat agricultural Kherson region was captured by Russia in the early days of its invasion.

Bakhmut

Russia is ploughing its military resources into the central Donbas region of Ukraine, particularly near the town of Bakhmut.

Rescuers extinguish a fire after a house was hit by a missile strike in Bakhmut, Donetsk region on October 8, 2022, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine. (Photo by Anatolii STEPANOV / AFP) (Photo by ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP via Getty Images)
Rescuers extinguish a fire after a house was hit by a missile strike in Bakhmut, Ukraine, on Saturday. (AFP via Getty Images)
This photograph taken on October 7, 2022 shows a destroyed residential building in Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
A destroyed residential building in Bakhmut, eastern Ukraine, following a Russian strike. (Getty Images)

Russian troops are edging closer to the strategically important town, having advanced more than one mile over the past week, according to the UK's Ministry of Defence.

The MoD said: "Russia continues to give high priority to its own offensive operations in the central Donbas sector, especially near the town of Bakhmut."

On Saturday, Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky said his country's troops were involved in very tough fighting near Bakhmut.

Zaporizhzhia

On Sunday, at least 13 people were killed following Russian shelling in the city of Zaporizhzhia, Ukrainian officials said. Another 87 people were reportedly injured.

It was the second strike on the city in three days.

Russia launched at least 12 missiles, partially destroying a nine-storey apartment block and levelling five other residential buildings, according to Ukraine.

TOPSHOT - Rescuers gather past a residential building damaged after a strike in Zaporizhzhia, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine on October 9, 2022. (Photo by Maryna Moiseyenko / AFP) (Photo by MARYNA MOISEYENKO/AFP via Getty Images)
Rescuers gather at a residential building damaged after a strike in Zaporizhzhia on Sunday. (AFP via Getty Images)
ZAPORIZHZHIA, UKRAINE - OCTOBER 09:Firefighters conduct work at a damaged building in a residential area after Russian attacks leaving 12 dead and 49 injured in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine on Octobert 09, 2022. (Photo by Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Firefighters at a damaged building in a residential area of Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, on Sunday. (Getty Images)
A rescuer works at a site of a residential building heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine October 10, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer
A rescuer works at a site of a residential building heavily damaged by a Russian missile strike in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, on Monday. (Reuters)

Zelensky called the strike "absolute evil".

The region is one of four, along with Luhansk, Donetsk, and Kherson, to be annexed by Russia following sham referendums.

The city is about 80 miles from the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe.

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