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Satellite images show Russian convoys crawling towards Ukraine


Alarming new satellite images have revealed a convoy of more than three miles of Russian military vehicles winding their way towards Kiev – as a first round of peace talks on Monday failed to end the deadly invasion.

Hundreds of tanks, mobile artillery, tankers and other trucks were spotted about 40 miles northeast of the Ukrainian capital on Sunday, according to Maxar Technologies, which released aerial footage of the procession in through the sparsely populated countryside.

A senior US defense official has predicted that within days Russia will attempt to encircle Kiev, where the night sky was lit up by a massive explosion and air raid sirens blared at the end of the fifth day of the invasion Russian from Ukraine.

Several nearby towns were also rocked by heavy fighting and missile strikes, and Ukraine said at least seven people were killed and dozens injured in the bombardment of its northern city of Kharkiv, where a missile not exploded had been found lodged in a hole in the floor of a room. .

Following a meeting in which she pleaded with US lawmakers for help, Ukrainian Ambassador to the US Oksana Markarova claimed that Russia had used a “vacuum bomb”, a type of ammunition prohibited by the Geneva Conventions, earlier in the day.

“The devastation that Russia is trying to inflict on Ukraine is great,” Markarova told reporters in Washington, DC.

A convoy of Russian military vehicles stretches for at least five kilometers.
Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Tech/AFP via Getty Images

Ukrainian negotiator and presidential adviser Mykhalio Podolyak said a meeting with Russian officials on the Ukraine-Belarus border, which Russia uses as a transit zone, produced no results.


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“Unfortunately, the Russian side is still extremely biased regarding the destructive processes it has launched,” Podolyak tweeted.

In a televised address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on the European Union to ‘urgently admit’ his country to the bloc of 27, but the request was quickly rejected, with the EU’s foreign policy chief saying that admission would take “a long time”. years.”

This Maxar satellite image taken and released on February 28, 2022 shows a military convoy along a highway, north of Ivankiv, Ukraine.
Hundreds of tanks, mobile artillery, tankers and other trucks were spotted about 40 miles northeast of the Ukrainian capital.
Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Tech/AFP via Getty Images

In other developments:

  • President Biden said “no” when asked if Americans should worry about a possible nuclear war a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin put his nuclear arsenal on high alert. after a warning Sunday from Russian President Vladimir Putin. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said: “At this time, we see no reason to change our own alert levels.”
  • Ukrainian defense officials said as of 4 p.m. local time, Russian forces had fired 113 cruise missiles since the invasion began on Thursday, 56 of which hit their targets. The vast majority of missile attacks took place on Thursday, when 75 were launched and 33 exploded.
  • Following reports that banned cluster bombs had been dropped on Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, Karim AA Khan, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, said he was opening a war crimes investigation into “alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity. »
  • The European Union has said it will allow Ukrainian refugees to stay and work within its borders for up to three years without having to apply for asylum first. The UN said more than 500,000 people had already fled to the EU since the Russian attack began, with the total expected to reach 4 million.
  • The United States is deporting 12 Russian diplomats for “abusing their privileges of residence in the United States by engaging in espionage activities detrimental to our national security”, said a spokesperson for the American mission to the United States. the UN, without identifying them.
  • The Treasury Department announced a new round of sanctions barring Americans from engaging in transactions with Russia’s Central Bank and freezing the bank’s US assets. The department imposed similar sanctions on Russia’s sovereign wealth fund and its finance ministry.
  • The Moscow stock exchange was closed and is expected to remain closed on Tuesday, after the Russian ruble fell nearly 30% to a record low against the US dollar before recovering when the Central Bank of Russia more than doubled its rate interest rate at 20% to avoid a cash rush.
map of where Russia attacked Ukraine.
Russia attacked Ukraine at several points along its borders.
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UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said her office had confirmed that 102 civilians, including seven children, had been killed and 304 others injured in the Russian invasion so far, but warned that the actual toll was likely much higher.

In a televised address, Zelensky said, “Each of us is a warrior” and announced that prisoners “with real combat experience will be released and will be able to compensate for their guilt in the hottest points of the conflict”.

“We made a decision, which is not easy from a moral point of view, but which is useful from the point of view of our defences,” he said. “The key now is defence.”

This Planet Labs PBC satellite image taken and released on February 28, 2022 shows damage to the Desna River Bridge in Zolotynka, Ukraine.
Satellite images show damage to the Desna River Bridge in Zolotynka, Ukraine.
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Zelensky, who claimed that more than 4,500 Russian soldiers had been killed, urged the invaders to give up the fight.

“Ditch your gear,” he said. “Get out of here. Don’t believe your commanders. Don’t believe your propagandists. Just save your lives.

In a Facebook post, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov offered Russian deserters a “full amnesty” and 5 million rubles, or about $47,000 each.

ground force deployments on the ground and a convoy in Khilchikha, Belarus, north of the border with Ukraine.
Satellite images show ground force deployments and a convoy in Khilchikha, Belarus, north of the border with Ukraine.
Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Tech/AFP via Getty Images

But, he warned, “for those who continue to behave like an occupier, there will be no mercy.”

Russia acknowledged the victims but did not provide details.

During a special session of the United Nations General Assembly, Ukrainian Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya read aloud what he said were the last text messages between a now-slain Russian soldier and his mother, who believed that her son was training in Crimea, which Russia invaded and annexed to Ukraine in 2014.

This Planet Labs PBC satellite image taken and released on February 28, 2022 shows damage to Antonov Airport in Hostomel, Ukraine.
The Antonov Airport in Hostomel, Ukraine, was damaged, satellite images show.
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“Mom, I am in Ukraine. A real war is raging here. I’m afraid. We bomb all the cities together, even targeting civilians,” the soldier wrote, moments before he was killed.

“We were told that they were going to welcome us, and they fall under our armored vehicles, throw themselves under the wheels and do not allow us to pass. They call us “fascists”. Mom, it’s so hard.

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