What Happened To The 40 Miles Long Russian Military Convoy Outside Kyiv?

Latest Images of The Russian Armoured Vehicle Convoy Suggests It’s Currently “Stalled”

A bridge across the Stryzhen River appears to have been destroyed. (Maxar Technologies)
A bridge across the Stryzhen River appears to be destroyed. (Maxar Technologies)

According to US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby, hundreds of Russian armoured vehicles on their way to Kyiv are reportedly “stalled” en route.

“They haven’t made any substantial progress in the recent 24 to 36 hours, based on our best estimates,” Kirby said during a Pentagon briefing on Wednesday.

He speculated that the delay may be the result of the troops “regrouping and reassessing the progress that they have not achieved and how to make up for lost time.” He went on to say that “logistics and sustainment issues” as well as “Ukrainian reluctance” are other concerns.

Homes on fire in the village of Rivnopillya
Homes on fire in the village of Rivnopillya

According to unconfirmed reports, the soldiers are running out of fuel and food. Officials in Russian-controlled areas report that troops are raiding stores for supplies and that the military’s meals are outdated.

New satellite photographs illustrate the magnitude of damage caused by Russian military attacks in Ukraine in the first five days of the invasion.

Maxar Technologies captured the images on February 28. Since then, most satellites have been unable to observe much on the ground across the nation due to severe cloud cover.

Burned remains of Russian military vehicles in Bucha
Burned remains of Russian military vehicles in Bucha

The photographs show residences on fire in Rivnopillya, a community in the Chernhiv district some 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital. The grounds surrounding the town are littered with several impact craters.

A bridge across the Stryzhen River appears to have been destroyed in Chernihiv, while nearby residential buildings and a factory appear to have been damaged. On an adjacent road, a Russian military convoy was also visible.

A large impact crater is seen in Sukachi.
A large impact crater is seen in Sukachi.

The charred wreckage of Russian military vehicles can also be seen in a residential neighbourhood in Bucha, a town west of Kyiv, according to satellite pictures. Ukrainian officials said on Sunday that they had blocked a Russian column’s advance in Bucha.

A large impact crater is visible in the middle of a roadway in Sukachi, a small town 70 kilometres (about 43.5 miles) northwest of Kyiv, with houses nearby appearing significantly damaged.

A line of people outside a grocery store in Kyiv.

The photographs also recorded sights of normal life in Chernihiv and Kyiv throughout the conflict, including scores of people queuing outside stores.

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