According to a satellite service, a Russian military convoy heading towards the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv has increased from 17 miles to 40 miles, as US authorities cautioned that the city might be the stage of a siege and nasty urban combat. Russia is now sending urban warfare troops to Ukraine to bolster its second wave of attack, as per satellite images.
Additional land troops deployments and ground attack helicopter squadrons were detected in southern Belarus, fewer than 20 miles to the north of the Ukraine border, according to Maxar Technologies, a private US satellite business.
According to Maxar, the convoy runs from the Antonov airbase, barely 17 miles north of Kyiv’s city center, to Pribyrs’k, a Ukrainian village near the Ukraine-Belarus border and the wrecked Chernobyl nuclear reactor.
White House sources have told CNN that the convoy was being closely monitored, and that they were anxious not just about its growing length, but also about an upsurge in aggression and indiscriminate executions.
On Monday, US intelligence officials briefed members of Congress that a second massive wave of strikes is expected to hit Ukraine. The briefing explained how they expect the overwhelming amount of Russian forces to crush the Ukrainian opposition, according to two people who spoke to CNN.
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Another source informed the channel that Russia was planning to encircle Kyiv and foresaw gruesome urban combat.
According to US intelligence, over 75% of Russian military stationed on Ukraine’s borders have now entered the nation.
The caravan of cars on Monday was so large that satellite photos didn’t capture it all.
In some instances, there are two to three rows of vehicles.
It was unclear if the convoy’s trucks were all travelling in the same direction or if the armed troops would divide out and surround the capital.
When Maxar assessed the convoy on Sunday, it was just 3.5 miles long and was near Ivankiv, Ukraine.
The convoy’s discovery happened as the scope of the weekend’s atrocities became obvious.
Dmitry Zhivitsky, the chief of the Sumy Military Administration in the country’s east, said that on Monday that 70 Ukrainian soldiers were verified deceased after being attacked by Russian artillery on Sunday.
He mentioned a lot of Russians killed as well, but he didn’t say how many.
On Monday, a suspected cluster munitions assault hit Kharkiv, resulting in the deaths of at least 11 people and injuring dozens more.
Ukraine’s envoy to the United States also claimed that Putin’s troops used a forbidden thermobaric weapon on Kyiv overnight.
A rocket landed directly in front of the civilian public administration building in Kharkiv on Tuesday morning, damaging the roadway outside and blasting the windows out of the structure.
Inside footage reveals the structure to be severely wrecked, with ceilings crumbling and rubble scattered everywhere.
The head of the Adonis maternity hospital in Buzova, 20 miles west of Kyiv city center, stated their facility had been affected closer to the capital. The district was struck hard in the early hours of Saturday, and the assault lasted into Monday, when the hospital was targeted.
The Kyiv Independent claimed that a rehab clinic for military veterans in Borodyanka, 40 kilometers north west of Kyiv, was also struck on Monday.
On Monday night, Vitali Klitchsko, the former world heavyweight boxing champion and current mayor of Kyiv, claimed that his city was terrified but resolute.
He told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, ‘We never were so patriotic.’
‘I have never been so proud of our soldiers. Our soldiers are heroes. Civilians are building defenses. People are taking weapons and are ready to defend our homes, defend our families, our future and our country.
‘I am really proud. The army is not interested in how strong the Russian army is; we are ready to fight, and ready to die for our home. Because it is our future. Somebody wants to come to our home and steal our future from us.’
‘So long as we can survive,’ he said when questioned about how long Kyiv could hold out.
And, in a message to Putin, he said: ‘We don’t want the Soviet Union back. We want a free, democratic country. We are fighting for that – fighting for our dream.
‘We don’t need the war. We are a peaceful nation, a peaceful people.’
Residents were urged to spend the night from Monday to Tuesday in basements or bomb shelters, if possible, earlier on Monday.
‘Tonight will again be difficult,’ he wrote in a statement. ‘I call on people in Kyiv to spend the night in a shelter.’
The mayor permitted citizens to leave their houses during the day on Monday after a daylong curfew on Sunday, but very few did.
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Ukraine declared on Monday that it was asking to join the European Union, a move that is sure to enrage Vladimir Putin even more.
Vsevolod Chentsov, the Head of the Ukrainian Mission to the EU, posted images of himself turning over the documents on Monday evening.
‘Handed over application for the EU membership signed by President @ZelenskyyUa toPermRep to the EU Philippe Léglise-Costa, current Presidency of the Council of the EU @Europe2022FR,’ he said.
‘Application is registered. Process has been started. #UkraineIsEU #EUisUkraine.’
Fumio Kishida, Japan’s prime minister and a Hiroshima native, said on Tuesday that the G7 countries will persuade the global community to unify against Russia.
‘It is important that all members of the international community respond resolutely to Russia’s acts,’ Kishida said after a phone discussion with G7 leaders and allies.
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Kishida claimed the G7 countries — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States — and their associates had promised to assist Ukrainian refugees.
Any use of nuclear weapons, according to Kishida, is abhorrent.
The economic noose was tightening over Moscow as Kishida spoke.
As a result of Russia’s sanction orders, Mastercard stated late Monday that it has ‘blocked multiple financial institutions’ out of its payments system.
Michael Miebach, Mastercard’s CEO, did not identify which financial firms had been barred, just that the business will ‘abide fully by our compliance obligations as they evolve.’
Disney had announced earlier that their films will be banned in Russia.
They joined Uber, BP, Shell, HSBC, and a number of other corporations in abandoning the country. On Monday, bank runs were recorded in Russia, and the rouble plummeted 40% against the dollar, its worst documented loss.
Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Monday night that a confidential briefing to Congress confirmed that Putin was moving more slowly than he had planned.
‘Just leaving classified briefing on Ukraine crisis. A few takeaways that I can share,’ he tweeted.
‘1/ Confirmation that the Russians have fallen behind their timeline. Ukrainian resistance has been fierce and there have been multiple Russian equipment and logistics failures.
‘2/ DoD and DHS are pressing hard for Congress to end the continuing resolution and get a budget passed. There is no way for our national security agencies to be nimble enough to support Ukraine if they are operating on the 2020/21 budget.
‘3/ The ability to keep supply lines running to Ukraine remains alive, but Russia will try to encircle and cut off Kiev in the next several weeks. The fight for Kiev will be long and bloody and Ukrainians are rapidly preparing for street to street combat.
‘4/ The U.S. and allies are coordinating to not only freeze the assets of Putin and his oligarch allies, but to seize those assets as well. This is likely a further step than Putin’s inner circle anticipated.’
On Friday, Antonov airport, the closest Russian-controlled location to Kyiv’s downtown, was the site of severe combat as it changed hands numerous times.
It was under the grip of Putin’s men by Saturday.
On Friday night and into Saturday morning, Russian forces launched a massive onslaught on Kyiv, attempting to invade the city from all directions.
Forces were striking from Antonov airport in the north, with a thermal power plant in the Troieshchyna area at the center of the fighting.
Putin’s forces attacked from the east, causing ferocious fighting along Peremohy Avenue, the city’s major artery.
Battle was also ongoing in the south, near the village of Vasilkov, 20 miles south of Kyiv.
Ukraine and Russia’s delegates convened in Belarus on Monday to talk about the future.
As soon as the talks were over, Russian forces opened fire on Kyiv.
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, stated on Monday night that his nation had been attacked by 56 Russian missile strikes and 113 cruise missiles during the five-day confrontation.
After Vladimir Putin’s forces conducted what seemed to be cluster and vacuum bomb attacks on the fifth day of their invasion, he condemned Russia of war crimes.
In a late-night speech aimed at Russia, Zelensky stated that there would ‘definitely be an international tribunal’ for what he said was a ‘violation of all conventions’ and added that ‘no one in the world will forgive you for killing peaceful Ukrainian people.’
The International Criminal Court’s head prosecutor has stated that he intends to launch an inquiry into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine ‘as rapidly as possible.’
Air raid sirens sounded in the capital city again in the early hours of Tuesday.
According to Ukrainian media, the town of Kherson, 300 miles south of Kyiv on the Black Sea, had also been attacked early Tuesday, as per Nexta.
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Per the New York Times, the eastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest, fell into intense shelling on Monday, massacring nine civilians.
In a video broadcast on Facebook, Kharkiv mayor Igor Terekhov said, ‘Today showed that this is not only a war, it is the murder of us, the Ukrainian people.’
‘This is the first time in its many-year history that the city of Kharkiv has been through something like this: shells that hit residential homes, killing and maiming innocent citizens.’
According to Terekhov, four individuals died on Monday after emerging from bomb shelters in search of water.
When a shell hit their car, a family of five — two adults and three children — were charred alive.
According to him, another 37 individuals were injured.
Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States stated previously on Monday that Russia had attacked Ukraine with a catastrophic vacuum bomb.
After briefing members of the United States Congress, Oksana Markarova said: ‘They used the vacuum bomb today, which is actually prohibited by the Geneva convention. The devastation that Russia is trying to inflict on Ukraine is large.’
Vacuum bombs, sometimes described as thermobaric weapons, have the capability of vaporizing corpses and crushing inner organs. They create a high temperature explosion using oxygen from the surrounding air, usually resulting in a blast wave that lasts far longer than a traditional explosion.
They are some of the most potent non-nuclear weapons ever devised.
Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations’ human rights head, said on Monday that her agency has established that 102 people, including seven children, have been murdered and 304 others wounded in Ukraine’s unrest since Thursday, though she emphasized that the figure was likely an underestimate.
According to the State Department, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressed his outrage on Monday over reports of ‘Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian cities and mounting civilian deaths.’
On Monday, Blinken made the remarks during a phone chat with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.
Their meeting took place as allegations surfaced that Belarus ruler Alexander Lukashenko is preparing to send his own forces into battle.
The action comes after Chechen forces were forced into combat, resulting in the near-instantaneous destruction of a column of armored vehicles and the killing of one of their top generals.
Belarus agreed on Sunday to change its constitution to enable the country to host Russian nuclear weapons, following Putin’s terrifying order to his defense chiefs to place the country’s nuclear weapons on ‘alert’ in response to ‘threats’ from the West.
Russia’s move to increase the nuclear alert was ‘a reckless, dangerous decision,’ according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
‘There’s no reason for that,’ he continued. ‘NATO is no threat to Russia. We don’t seek confrontation with Russia.’
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