Nearly all of Russia’s advances on Ukraine have stalled, with the lack of progress largely due to Ukrainian resistance, according to a senior US defence official.
The BBC, relaying the official’s statements today, said, there has been no appreciable change to Russia’s advance on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, with forces still stuck around Hostomel airport. The airport is northwest of the city.
The official added that there is a convoy of between 50 and 60 vehicles heading towards Izyum, south-east of Kharkiv but there are no signs so far that Russia is boosting its forces with munitions or troops from within Russia.
Meanwhile, the official said, no US military personnel, contractors or US civilian government workers were at Ukraine’s Yavoriv military base near the Polish border – where at least 35 people were killed in a Russian attack at the weekend.
More of assistance from the US’s $350m military aid package entered the Ukraine over the weekend; however, the new $200m defence drawdown has not started being sent yet.