Satellite images released on Thursday show the huge Russian military column heading towards Kiev, Ukraine, dispersing and repositioning, with heavy artillery moving into firing position.
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 Kiev, towed Russian howitzer artillery pieces were moved into firing position, according to Maxar.
“The large Russian military convoy last seen northwest of Kiev 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 the Lubyanka with artillery howitzers towed into firing position nearby,” a spokesman said. by Maxar noted.
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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.
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 described the convoy as being “stuck” in recent days, making only gradual progress towards Kiev. 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.