Russian troops are occupying defensive positions 15-20 km from Kyiv, without advancing to the city center.

A senior representative of the U.S. Department of Defense said that Russian ground forces appear to be digging in and taking defensive positions at a distance of 15-20 km from Kyiv, practically not moving in the direction of the city center.

According to the source, it seems that the Russian military is no longer trying to advance into the Ukrainian capital, and in several areas east of Kyiv, Ukrainian troops were able to push Russian soldiers even further. The source said that the Russian forces were previously 20-30 km to the east and northeast, and are now about 55 km away.

According to the interlocutor, instead, Russian troops are making more efforts to advance in the Donbass, in particular, in the areas adjacent to Lugansk and Donetsk. The United States currently sees that Russia gives priority to military operations in this region, which may be an attempt to encircle the Ukrainian military in these areas and prevent them from moving west to protect other cities.

A Pentagon official spoke on condition of anonymity. The source said that the United States is observing some activity of Russian ships in the Sea of Azov, including attempts to send landing ships with supplies to the coast, for example, with vehicles.

Weapons and other defense assistance continue to arrive in Ukraine from the United States. According to the source, the last shipments from the previous $350 million aid package will arrive in Ukraine approximately on Thursday, and the first shipments from the new $800 million package will begin arriving in the near future.