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Ukraine assures that the entire Kyiv region has been “liberated”

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Ukrainians have regained control of the entire Kyiv region after Russian forces withdrew from key towns near the capital, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Ganna Maliar announced on Saturday.

Ukrainians have regained control of the entire Kyiv region after Russian forces withdrew from key towns near the capital, Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Ganna Maliar announced on Saturday. The localities of “Irpin, Boutcha, Gostomel and the entire kyiv region have been liberated from the invader,” Ms. Maliar said on Facebook.

All these towns were devastated by the fighting that raged there after the start of the Russian invasion on February 24. The Ukrainians declared on Monday that they had reconquered Irpin, in Russian hands since the end of February.

At least 200 of the inhabitants of this small city in the northwestern suburbs of the capital have been killed since the start of the Russian invasion, said Wednesday its mayor Oleksandre Markouchine. Demining operations were still underway there on Saturday, emergency services said, according to which 643 explosive devices have been deactivated there since it fell back into Ukrainian hands.

Civilians buried in mass graves

And an AFP team was able to go to Boutcha on Saturday, also very recently “liberated” and which had been inaccessible to the press for almost a month. Nearly 300 people in total had to be buried “in mass graves” in this city, also at the northwestern gates of kyiv, its mayor Anatoly Fedorouk told AFP on the same day.

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An AFP journalist saw the bodies of at least 20 men in civilian clothes lying in the street there on Saturday. Gostomel, also northwest of the capital, hosts the Antonov military airport, which was attacked by Russian forces on February 25, the day after the start of their offensive in Ukraine.

The objective of this “rapid withdrawal” of Russian troops from the regions of kyiv and Cherniguiv, in northern Ukraine, is a redeployment of these soldiers towards the east and the south, the Ukrainian government estimated on Saturday.

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