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Fri Mar 4, 2022, 11:03 AM

Why has Russia's 64km convoy near Kyiv stopped moving?

Russia's huge military convoy, said to be 40 miles (64km) long, near Ukraine's capital Kyiv has hardly moved in three days, the UK defence ministry says.

But US defence officials say Russia still intends to surround and seize the city where some three million people live - by siege tactics if necessary.

Recent satellite images showing the size of the convoy sparked fears that an attack would be imminent.

But UK and US officials say logistical problems could be slowing the advance.

In an intelligence update on Thursday morning, the UK Ministry of Defence said the column had made "little discernible progress in over three days" and remains more than 30km from Kyiv.

Several reasons could explain why the huge column, which includes armoured vehicles, tanks, and towed artillery, has stopped its advance on the capital. They include logistical problems, unexpected Ukrainian resistance, and low morale among Russian troops.

Mechanical breakdown and congestion are causing problems, according to the UK government. Food and fuel are said to be in short supply, and there are reports that poor quality and badly maintained tyres may also be an issue.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60596629
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Reply Why has Russia's 64km convoy near Kyiv stopped moving? (Original post)
Jilly_in_VA Mar 2022 OP
kentuck Mar 2022 #1
Chainfire Mar 2022 #5
Happy Hoosier Mar 2022 #2
Chakaconcarne Mar 2022 #3
sarcasmo Mar 2022 #4
Sneederbunk Mar 2022 #6
Amishman Mar 2022 #7

Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Fri Mar 4, 2022, 11:05 AM

1. What is in those trucks?

I think that is where they are storing their bombs and ammunition. They all seem to be covered?

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Response to kentuck (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 4, 2022, 11:27 AM

5. What is in the trucks is everything it takes to wage a war and sustain an army in the field.

Everything from buttons to bombs, body bags and bandages, bacon and beans. Spare parts, spare soldiers, spare ribs...Doctors, dentists, drugs and dogs, toothbrushes, combs, shoes. I think you get the point.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Fri Mar 4, 2022, 11:14 AM

2. 1) It's not 64 km. 2)....

... they have attempted to advance and the forward elements are getting attacked.

3) Persistent fuel and food shortages.

4) Mechanical failures.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Fri Mar 4, 2022, 11:16 AM

3. Yeah, it does seem like that line could be taken out pretty easily...

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Fri Mar 4, 2022, 11:19 AM

4. 10 year old Chinese tires. Oligarchs who get the contracts, launder money instead of buying quality.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Fri Mar 4, 2022, 11:59 AM

6. Why attack in winter?

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Response to Sneederbunk (Reply #6)

Fri Mar 4, 2022, 12:30 PM

7. frozen ground, muddy seasons in that part of the world rule out spring and fall for rapid advance

a mild winter has things a lot muddier than usual, which is hindering the Russians

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