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Satellite images show Russian convoy outside Kyiv ‘widely dispersed’, artillery in ‘firing position’ | News

Satellite images released on Thursday show the huge Russian military column heading towards kyiv dispersing and repositioning, with heavy artillery moving into firing position.

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows troops and equipment deployed in trees and towed artillery into firing position, northwest of Antonov Airport in Lubyanka, Ukraine, during the invasion Russian, Thursday, March 10, 2022. (Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies via PA)

Photos released by Maxar Technologies show that the 40-mile convoy of Russian military vehicles, tanks and heavy artillery dispersed to towns outside the Ukrainian capital, and some elements were repositioned in forested areas. About 24 km from kyiv, towed Russian howitzer artillery pieces were moved into firing position, according to Maxar.

“The large Russian military convoy last seen northwest of kyiv near Antonov Airport has widely dispersed and redeployed. Armored units are seen maneuvering in and through nearby surrounding towns from the airport, elements of the convoy further north have repositioned themselves and are deployed in forests/along the trees near Lubyanka with artillery howitzers towed into firing positions nearby,” a spokesperson for Maxar noted.

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This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows troops and military vehicles deployed in Ozera, Ukraine, northeast of Antonov Airport, during the Russian invasion, Thursday, March 10, 2022. (Satellite Image © 2022 Maxar Technologies via AP) AP

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Russian towed artillery howitzers have a shooting range from 9 miles to 30 miles, depending on the model of artillery piece and the type of ammunition used.

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This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows supply trucks and several likely rocket launchers in firing position, in Berestyanka, Ukraine, during the Russian invasion, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. (Satellite Image ©2022 Maxar Technologies via PA)

A US defense official told the Associated press that some vehicles in the convoy have been seen pulling out of the roadway into the treeline in recent days, but the official could not confirm whether the convoy had dispersed.

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In daily briefings, the Pentagon has describe the convoy as being “blocked” in recent days, making only gradual progress towards Kyiv. His progress was uncomfortable by reported shortages of food and fuel, as well as troop morale problems. Ukrainian troops equipped with anti-tank missiles also slowed down the convoy by targeting it with “direct attacks”, according to US officials.

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