A Russia retreat
Ukrainian officials said Saturday their forces had retaken more than 30 towns and villages around Kyiv, claiming full control of the capital region for the first time since the Russian invasion began.
“The entire Kyiv region is liberated from the invaders,” Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar wrote on Facebook.
But there is too much sorrow to celebrate.
Roads are mined, homes destroyed and thousands of those who fled have been told not to return for the time being.
After more than five weeks of brutal fighting, Russia is said to have regrouped for fighting in eastern Ukraine.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned in a video address: “They are mining this whole territory. Houses are mined, equipment is mined, even the bodies of dead people.”
He offered no evidence, but the claims were repeated by Mayor Fedoruk, who said the bodies were not collected over fears that Russians had booby-trapped them.
Ukraine’s emergency services said a search of the village of Dmytrivka, west of the capital, found more than 1,500 explosives in one day.
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