July 6, 2022

Large convoy of Russian vehicles approaching Kiev

Russia seems to be advancing in its invasion of Ukraine with satellite images of Russian military vehicles 40 miles or 65 kilometers long heading towards the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.

The following satellite image was taken Monday by US company Maxar Technologies. It appears to show a line of Russian armored tanks and trucks stretching north from Pybirsk in the northeastern suburbs to Antonov Airport (Hostemel Airport – the scene of last week’s fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces). The capital of Ukraine.

Satellite images from Maxar Technologies taken on February 28 show Russian vehicles advancing in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. The company claims that these images show the northern tip of the convoy, along with the logistics and redistribution vehicles. Satellite image (c) 2022 Maxar Technologies.

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In some parts of the convoy, vehicles seem to travel in three or four directions on the road. The distance on the road is about 40 miles.

It should be noted that the situation in Ukraine is moving fast and may now be different than what is seen in these pictures shown by the convoy on Sundays and Mondays.

The following two pictures were taken by Maxar Technologies on Sunday. At this point, the convoy does not seem to cover a large area and the cloud cover obscures the whole view of the area.

Satellite images of Maxar Technologies taken on February 27 show Russian vehicles advancing in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. Large deployments of Russian ground forces are found northeast of the city of Ivankiv in Ukraine. Satellite image (c) 2022 Maxar Technologies

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Satellite images of Maxar Technologies taken on February 27 show Russian vehicles advancing in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. Large deployments of Russian ground forces are found northeast of the city of Ivankiv in Ukraine. Satellite image (c) 2022 Maxar Technologies

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Official sources have not confirmed the presence of the convoy, but there are fears that Russia is preparing to launch a full-scale offensive against the still-occupied city of Kiev, despite conflicts in the suburbs.

Maxar’s other pictures suggest additional military action in southern Belarus, which is the border with Ukraine and an ally of Russia, as well as ground forces and ground attack helicopter units seen in the pictures. Again, official sources have not confirmed whether these units – or Belarus on a wider scale – are preparing to join Russian forces in the offensive in Ukraine.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has no plans to re-invade his country on Monday, state news agency Belda reported.

Will Ukraine surrender?

Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine last Thursday and its forces have attacked various cities and areas in the north, east and south of the country. However, analysts say Russia has made slow progress in advancing within the country and has met with more opposition than expected.

However, if Russia launches a major offensive against the capital, Kiev, it will be very uncertain how it will cope with Ukrainian armed forces and civilian opposition.

The Pentagon has identified the Kremlin Yet wants its troops to capture KievDespite fierce Ukrainian opposition.

“We have all the indications that they still want to take Kay, they are trying to get closer to the ground,” a senior security official told CNBC on Monday, speaking anonymously to share new details from the Pentagon. Evaluation.

Separately, analysts at Teneo Intelligence concluded Monday, “The Kremlin appears determined to remove Ukraine’s political leadership, while the Russian military forces are recommending preparations for new, heavier, military action against the capital, Kiev, and other major cities.”

The UK Defense Ministry pays a very sober view of Russia’s progress, however, tweeted in their intelligence update on Monday.

Peace talks between Russian and Ukrainian representatives were held in neighboring Belarus on Monday, and although no progress has been made, it is hoped that talks will continue in the coming days.

For its part, Ukraine has promised not to surrender to Russia and has demanded an immediate ceasefire and the withdrawal of Russian troops from its borders.

“Ukraine is ready to pursue a diplomatic solution, but Ukraine is not ready to surrender or surrenderForeign Minister Dimitrov Kuleba told CNBC’s Hadley Campbell on Monday.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was already in a state of despair over the outcome of the talks, and Kuleba told CNBC he did not know if the talks would succeed.

“I am a diplomat, I have to believe in the success of the talks, but at the same time my main goal as a diplomat is to impose more sanctions on Russia, bring more weapons to Ukraine and isolate Russia. We can in the international arena, so I focus on this area of ​​diplomacy,” Kuleba said.

“We stand not only for ourselves, but for the world order we all know.”

Every 24 hours is important because as Russia maintains greater military strength in Ukraine, hundreds of tanks enter the country, dominating the skies with their bombs, rockets, and missiles, and aimed at our peaceful cities. Civilians were killed, but we continue to fight.

He said the war had become a “real people’s war against the Russian occupation.”

Russia has already carried out ground and air strikes, with major cities reporting shelling and damage to buildings. Both sides claimed that some of their soldiers had been killed, and that Ukraine claimed that hundreds of its civilians had died during the Russian offensive, including many children.

Invasion Many Ukrainians tried to flee the country for security in Eastern Europe, although many remained to defend their homes and nation.

– CNBC’s Amanda Macias reported the story.