A mile-long Russian military convoy had positioned itself north-west of Kyiv. the Convoy extends to a length of 64 kilometers, said the US company Maxar, which specializes in the analysis of satellite images.
According to many military experts, Putin could try to form a siege ring around the city. Former US intelligence coordinator James Clapper expressed the expectation that the Russian army would intensify artillery fire in particular. “It’s going to be brutal and ugly,” he told US broadcaster CNN.
Meanwhile, there were new reports that the Russian aggressors could get support from the Belarusian army. The Ukrainian military reported on Monday that Belarusian troops are already on their way to Ukraine. “Some units of the most combat-ready formations of the Belarusian Armed Forces have started to move towards the state border of Ukraine towards Volhynia,” the Ukrainian General Staff wrote on Facebook on Monday. This information could not be independently verified. Volhynia is a region in northwestern Ukraine.
As early as Monday night, there had been speculation that Belarus might soon be officially involved with soldiers in Russia’s war against Ukraine. According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Belarusian President Lukashenko had assured on Sunday that he did not want to intervene in the war.