Satellite images reveal 64km-long convoy of trucks heading to Kyiv

A Russian convoy stretching over 60km long has been spotted on its way to Kyiv after peace talks wrapped up near the Ukraine-Belarus border.

Satellite images from Maxar Technologies show a convoy of armoured vehicles, tanks, artillery and support vehicles, stretching across 64km.

At the time of the photos, the convoy was reportedly just 25km away from Ukraine's capital, Kyiv.

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows military convoy northwest of Invankiv, Ukraine on Monday. Source: Maxar Technologies via AP
This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows military convoy northwest of Invankiv, Ukraine on Monday. Source: Maxar Technologies via AP

The images also show deployments of ground forces and ground attack helicopter units.

After nearly five hours, peace talks between Ukraine and Russia ended near the Ukraine-Belarus border.

Discussions ended with no immediate agreements and Vladimir Medinsky, who headed the Russian delegation, said more peace talks had been agreed to.

Mykhailo Podolyak, a top adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, gave few details except to say that the talks were focused on a possible ceasefire and that a second round could take place "in the near future".

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows a military convoy near Invankiv, Ukraine Monday, Feb. 28, 2022.
The convoy stretched 64km and is just 25km away from Ukraine's capital. Source: Maxar Technologies via AP

“I believe Russia is trying to put pressure (on Ukraine) with this simple method,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said late Monday in a video address.

He did not offer details of the talks that took place Monday, but he said Kyiv was not prepared to make concessions “when one side is hitting another with rocket artillery.”

However, as talks ended, several blasts could be heard in Kyiv, which President Zelenskyy said was still a "key goal" for the Russians.

“They want to break our nationhood, that’s why the capital is constantly under threat,” he said.

On Monday, the city was hit by three missile strikes and hundreds of saboteurs were roaming around Kyiv.

Ahead of the satellite images being release, there was speculation Belarus was preparing to send troops to Ukraine to support Russia's invasion.

Billboards plead for Russian troops to "go home"

Six days into the invasion, the Russian military’s movements have been stalled by fierce resistance on the ground and a surprising inability to dominate the airspace.

Many Ukrainian civilians, meanwhile, spent another night huddled in shelters, basements or corridors.

Messages aimed at the advancing Russian soldiers popped up on billboards, bus stops and electronic traffic signs across the capital.

Some used profanity to encourage Russians to leave. Others appealed to their humanity.

People walk along an empty road during curfew, in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
Explosions and gunfire that have disrupted life since the invasion began last week appeared to subside temporarily around Kyiv overnight, as Ukrainian and Russian delegations met. Source: AP

“Russian soldier — Stop! Remember your family. Go home with a clean conscience,” one read.

Residential areas in Ukraine's second biggest city, Kharkiv was shelled repeatedly, with at least seven people being confirmed dead.

“They wanted to have a blitzkrieg, but it failed, so they act this way,” said 83-year-old Valentin Petrovich, who watched the shelling from his downtown apartment.

The Russian military has denied targeting residential areas despite abundant evidence of shelling of homes, schools and hospitals.

With Associated Press and Reuters

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