A Russian military convoy closing in on Kyiv from the north appears to be advancing slowly after facing resistance from Ukrainian fighters and fuel and food shortages, a senior U.S. defense official said Tuesday.
“It is not exactly moving with great speed,” the official said. “They continue to be bogged down coming down from the north to get to Kyiv.”
Satellite images captured by U.S. firm Maxar Technologies on Monday showed the vast convoy along a highway north of Ivankiv, located about 50 miles northwest of Kyiv.
The official said the Russians’ laggard pace could be a result of their own self-determined pause in operations, but they are certain to regroup.
“We generally sense that the Russian military movement on Kyiv is stalled at this point,” the official said, adding, “That said, there has been in the last six days evidence of a certain risk averse behavior by the Russian military.”