Almost all of the city of Irpin, that has seen fierce fighting in recent weeks, is in Ukrainian hands, the city manager of Kyiv has said.
Earlier in March, thousands of residents fled Irpin, that is simply 20km (12 miles) north-west of Kyiv, across the remnants of a blown-up bridge as Russian artillery and air strikes pummelled the area.
Vitali Klitschko told journalists Ukrainian forces had pushed back troops there and also within the town of Makariv, west of Kyiv.
He said Ukrainian forces had “destroyed the plan to build a circle around Kyiv”.
The former boxer also aforesaid there were attacks happening to the north and east of the town. when asked by the BBC’s Lyse Doucet regarding explosions that appeared to be coming nearer to the city centre, he said: “They can never come back to Kyiv.”
He dismissed as “propaganda” Russian claims that a shopping centre bombed on monday earlier in the week was being used as a weapons store.
As we’ve been coverage, Ukrainian troops are counter-attacking Russian forces in some areas of the country, as well as the small southern city of Voznesensk, wherever Russian forces were pushed back and an armoured convoy destroyed, and in Kherson, about to the Crimean peninsula.
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