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Irpin liberated from Russian forces, claims town’s mayor

In a video release via the social media app Telegram, Oleksandr Markushyn, mayor of the Kyiv suburb of Irpin, stated that Ukrainian forces have fully liberated the town.

“We have good news today – Irpin has been liberated,” said Mayor Markushyn on March 28, and then added that “we understand that there will be more attacks on our town and we will defend it courageously.”

Irpin is located in a salient formed by Russian invasion forces which attempted to surround the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. The invader-controlled area extends from the border with Belarus, whose dictator, Alyaksandr Lukashenka, had allied with Russia. The salient also encompasses the town of Hostomel, where Kyiv’s international cargo airport is located.

The area saw heavy fighting for the past couple of weeks. Last week, reports surfaced, claiming that Ukrainian forces have successfully managed to cut off 10,000 soldiers from supplies, effectively trapping them in a pocket. These reports remain unconfirmed and it is possible Russian forces managed to break through the encirclement.

Last week France and CNN reported that the Ukrainian defenders managed to take back 50 percent to 80 percent of the town, depending on reports.

Mayor Markushyn has stated, however, that it is not yet safe for the town’s residents to return to their homes, as Irpin is likely to remain a target for continued Russian efforts to gain control over it.

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