Russia's 40-Mile-Long Convoy Stuck For Three Days Due to 'Mechanical Breakdown': U.K.

Russia's 40-mile-long convoy outside of Kyiv remains stalled due to mechanical breakdown, according to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence.

In a tweet, it explained that a Russian convoy, 30km (18.6 miles) outside of Kyiv has made little movement in the last three days.

They also said the Ukrainian resistance has played a role in preventing the convoy from moving forward.

"The main body of the large Russian column advancing on Kyiv remains over 30km from the center of the city having been delayed by staunch Ukrainian resistance, mechanical breakdown and congestion," it said in a tweet.

"The column has made little discernible progress in over three days."

The Ministry of Defence also highlighted that Russia has confirmed a number of deaths and wounded suffered since beginning the invasion.

"The Russian defense ministry has been forced to admit that 498 Russian soldiers have already been killed and 1,597 wounded in Putin's war," it said in a follow-up message.

"The actual number of those killed and wounded will almost certainly be considerably higher and will continue to rise."

The update also noted that despite heavy shelling from Russia, multiple cities in Ukraine remain out of Putin's grasp.

"Despite heavy Russian shelling, the cities of Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Mariupol remain in Ukrainian hands," it said in a tweet.

"Some Russian forces have entered the city of Kherson but the military situation remains unclear."

Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby held a press conference on Wednesday and gave an update on the Russian forces in Ukraine.

The Pentagon has come to a similar conclusion regarding the lack of movement by the Russian convoy.

Regarding the 40 mile-long convoy outside of Kyiv, Kirby said that there had been limited movement from the military force and said they "remain stalled."

However, the Pentagon said that the lack of movement could be due to Russia's forces regrouping as well as a consequence of dealing with Ukraine's military forces.

"Our best estimates have not made any appreciable progress geographically speaking in the last 24-36 hours, nothing very significant," Kirby said.

Kirby highlighted three key reasons that may be contributing to this lack of movement from the Russian force.

"It is difficult for us to know with great specificity all that is going into this stall," he continued.

"In general we believe there are a couple of reasons for that. One reason is we believe the Russians are deliberately regrouping themselves and reassessing the progress that they have not made and how to make up the lost time.

"Two, we do believe that they have experienced logistic and sustainment challenges. Challenges that we don't believe they fully anticipated.

"Three, they are getting resistance from the Ukrainians. We have some indications, nothing that we can 100 percent verify, that the Ukrainians have indeed tried to slow down that convey."

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends his New Year address to Russians in central Moscow on December 31, 2017. The main body of the large Russian column advancing on Kyiv has made little progress over 3 days. Alexey Nikolsky/Getty Images