The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said in a Sunday evening report that Russian troops began “hoarding resources to storm Kiev”.
There are Russian forces near the town of Irpin, on the western outskirts of Kyiv, as well as in the eastern districts of Brovary and Boryspil, the Ukrainian military said.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a nonpartisan public policy research organization, published its own report on Sunday evening stating that Russian forces are focused on four areas, with Kyiv being the main priority, followed by Kharkiv, Mariupol and Kherson. Over the past 24 hours, Russian troops have regrouped and started preparing for further offensive operations in Kiev, Kharkiv and Mykolaiv, the ISW said. The Ukrainian General Staff believes that in Kharkiv, Russian forces stationed west of the city will likely launch an offensive southeast towards the Dnipro River.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ‘shown no willingness to defuse with Ukraine or the international community’, the ISW said, and the Kremlin is believed to be ‘probably laying the groundwork for national information for a declaration of martial law in Russia” if Putin decides that “mass mobilization and conscription are necessary to achieve his goals”.