40-Mile Long Convoy Of Russian Military Vehicles Has Dispersed Around Kyiv
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A 40-Mile long convoy of Russian military vehicles looks to have dispersed around Kyiv.
As shown in satellite images, captured by US satellite company Maxar Technologies, the armoured vehicles have spread into towns and countryside areas close to the capital.
US defence officials claim that Russian forces have moved three miles closer to Kyiv, reports The Times.
Satellite images also suggest that tanks and artillery had been redeployed into towns close to Antonov Airport.
Although it looks like that Putin's plans to capture the capital are back on track, last Wednesday (2 March) a senior US official believed that the 40-mile long Russian military convoy had initially stalled.
Last week, according to NPR, the US official said they were still about 18 miles north of the capital.
They added that some of the vehicles within the convoy appeared to be 'literally out of gas' while it also seemed like there was difficulty in feeding some of the troops.
Images of the huge convoy were released shortly after more than 70 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in a Russian artillery strike.
An explosive device hit a military base in Okhtyrka, a city between Kharkiv and Kyiv, according to a post by the head of the region Dmytro Zhyvytsky on Telegram.
Explosions and gunfire were reportedly heard in embattled cities in eastern Ukraine as Russia’s invasion met unexpectedly stiff resistance.
However, now that Putin looks to be closing in on Kyiv, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has expressed his concerns that Russia might deploy chemical weapons in Ukraine.
Speaking with Sky News, Johnson said that using chemical weapons is part of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of neighbouring Ukraine would be ‘right out of Russia’s playbook’.
The PM also said that the only way that the war between Ukraine and Russia will end is if Putin admits that he’s made a ‘catastrophic mistake’.
He told Beth Rigby: "The stuff that you're hearing about chemical weapons is straight out of their playbook.
"They start saying that there are chemical weapons that have been stored by their opponents or by the Americans.
"And so, when they themselves deploy chemical weapons, as I fear they may, they have a sort of maskirovka - a fake story - ready to go.
"You've seen it in Syria. You saw it even in the UK.
“That's what they're already doing.
“It is a cynical, barbaric government."