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Battle for the Ukrainian capital: Russian troops apparently 25 kilometers from the center of Kiev – politics

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Russian military column scattered in front of Kiev

According to British intelligence, a large Russian military column partially dispersed north of Kiev. This is likely to aid a Russian attempt to encircle the Ukrainian capital, the UK Ministry of Defense said.

It could also be a Russian attempt to reduce its own vulnerability to Ukrainian counterattacks. These would already have exacted a heavy price from the Russians.

A destroyed tank lies on a main road near Brovary, north of Kiev.Photo: Felipe Dana/AP/dpa

According to the British Ministry of Defense, most of the Russian ground forces are located about 25 kilometers from the center of Kiev. The British news service BBC reports that there is shelling and heavy fighting in small towns northwest and northeast of the Ukrainian capital.

According to Russian news agencies, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Saturday morning that it “will continue the offensive in Ukraine on a broad front.” According to the BBC, Ukrainians defend their city with weapons and drones. At the same time, the Russian military faces logistical difficulties and supply bottlenecks. According to CNN, shelling could be heard for “minutes” from a distance in Kiev on Saturday morning.

Ukraine is preparing for a new wave of attacks in Kyiv, Kharkiv and Donbass areas, an adviser to Ukraine’s presidential chief of staff has said. However, Ukraine does not assume that Belarus will join the Russian invasion forces.

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