Satellite Images Show 64-Kilometer-Long Russian Convoy Nearing Kyiv


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A trail of military vehicles can be seen on February 28, north of Ivankiv in Kyiv Oblast of Ukraine. Image credit: Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies

Satellites over Eastern Europe have shown a colossal convoy of Russian tanks and military vehicles snaking towards the Ukrainian capital earlier this week.

The images, taken by Maxar Technologies on the morning of Monday February 28, show a vast Russian military convoy north of the besieged Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. They initially reported that the convoy of heavy metal trailed more than 27 kilometers (17 miles), but they later revised this to say it stretches down much of a 64 kilometer (40 mile) road long between Antonov airport and Prybirsk.


They also note that a number of homes and buildings can be seen set alight north and northwest of Ivankiv, not far from the path of the convoy.

Homes burn not far to the path of convoy, northwest of Ivankiv. Image credit: Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies
More of the convoy north of Ivankiv. Image credit: Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies

Maxar’s eyes in the sky also detail military activity in southern Belarus, a strong Russian ally that borders Ukraine. 

Ground Forces lay waiting in Khilchika, Belarus. Image credit: Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies

Ground forces field deployments are seen near Khilchika, approximately 12 kilometers (8 miles) north of the border with Ukraine, and Teshkov, approximately 19 kilometers (12 miles) away from the border. Meanwhile, less than 32 kilometers (20 miles) north of the border with Ukraine, Maxar Technologies notes the presence of both ground forces deployments and ground attack helicopter units.

Ukrainian authorities claimed Belarusian troops were on Ukrainian soil on Tuesday March 1. While this has yet to be confirmed by other sources, it’s clear Belarus has played an important role in the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the US believes they will send troops there soon, perhaps as early as this week.  


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