Maksar says satellite images show a massive Russian convoy crash outside Kyiv; Troops are moving into nearby towns and forests.
A US-based company says a large Russian military convoy that has been sunken outside the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv since last week appears to be dispersing, according to a US-based company.
Maxar Technologies said that satellite imagery taken on Thursday showed that the 64 km line of vehicles, tanks and artillery was broken and redeployed.
The company said the images showed armored units maneuvering in and through neighboring towns near the Antonov airport northwest of Kyiv.
Maxar reported that some of the vehicles moved into the forests.
It added that the pictures also show elements of a convoy in the north, whose positions were changed near the town of Lubyanka, with howitzers cut off at nearby firing positions.
The convoy had massed outside the city early last week, but its advance appeared to have stalled amid reports of food and fuel shortages.
The redeployment of the convoy comes amid reports of Russian forces reaching the northeastern tip of Kyiv, where the outskirts of Irbin and Bucha have been heavily bombarded for days.
Ukrainian soldiers there described heavy fighting for control of the main highway to the capital, and AFP journalists reported seeing missile strikes in Velika Demirka, outside Kyiv’s city limits.
Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said the capital was now “turned into a fortress”.
“Every street, every house is fortified…” he told Ukrainian television. “Even people who have never intended to change their clothes in their lives are now in uniform with machine guns in their hands.”
He added that about two million people – half of the urban area’s population – have left the capital.
“From our information, one in two Kyiv residents has left the city,” he said.
Western officials have said that Russian forces have made little progress on the ground in recent days and are experiencing greater losses and more intense Ukrainian resistance than Moscow appears to have expected.
But Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces have used air power and artillery to strike Ukrainian cities.
The 15-day conflict killed and injured thousands of people and displaced millions.
The United Nations refugee agency estimates that at least 2.3 million people have left Ukraine for neighboring countries, while another 1.9 million people have been internally displaced.
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