Lviv, Ukraine, Mar 28 (EFE).- Ukraine’s armed forces have regained control over the city of Irpin on the outskirts of the capital Kyiv, the mayor said in a video statement.
“Today Irpin is liberated,” Oleksandr Markushin, Irpin’s mayor, said in a statement shared on social media.
However, he urged residents not to return to the city yet, adding that the situation remained dangerous.
Irpin, a Kyiv satellite city, has been the scene of intense fighting between invading Russian troops and the Ukrainian armed forces.
Thousands of inhabitants were evacuated during the early stages of the invasion. Moscow faced accusations that it had deliberately targeted civilians when Russian artillery struck a bridge being used as a humanitarian corridor out of Irpin in early March.
Russia’s southward advance in the Kyiv Oblast became bogged down last week, around the same time Moscow announced that the first phase of what it terms a ‘special military operation’ had concluded and would now focus on ‘liberating’ the Donbas. EFE