How do international news agencies make their maps of Russia's military progress in Ukraine and where do they get their data?

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The Politicus
Mar 16, 2022 11:21 PM 0 Answers
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Over the last few weeks most major international news agencies have used maps to show the progress of the Russian military in Ukraine, showing large regions in red presumably denoting Russian controlled or occupied areas from a military standpoint, as judged by... somebody?

There is some general agreement in the appearance of these maps across news outlets at a given time.

Question: How do international news agencies make their maps of Russia's military progress in Ukraine and where do they get their data?

"bonus points" for what the red areas actually denote.

Answers should support their assertions by citing factual sources to the extent possible.

I wonder if they are all simply copying each other? Or are they getting it from some commercial source, perhaps a satellite imaging company that offers analytical services as well? Or are there state-controlled outlets that offer this kind of information to the press as background?

Click for full size left: screenshot from Sky News' 15-Mar-2022 Analysis: Russian forces failing to "encircle" Ukrainian units and make progress, right: screenshot from CNN's 15-Mar-2022 'Russia is in trouble': Gen. Wesley Clark assesses Putin's footing in Ukraine

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