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Ukrainians push invading Russian forces away from Kyiv

Russian troops have been pushed away from the Ukrainian capital and are also partially redeploying to the east of the country.

Ukrainian officials said that their forces have managed to retake large chunks of territory that were until recently occupied by the Russian invasion forces, although they have stated that it did not happen without fierce fighting and stressed that the civilian population is not yet safe to return to their homes.

But according to an advisor to Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Oleksiy Arestovych “[Ukrainian] troops are chasing them both to the northwest and northeast [of Kyiv], pushing the enemy away from Kyiv.”

Peace talks are currently being conducted between Ukraine and Russia, and on Tuesday the Russian negotiators stated, that their side would reduce their military operations in the Kyiv and Chernihiv (north of Kyiv) regions, but according to Mr Arestovych Russia was in fact carrying out a partial troop rotation, some of the withdrawn troops being redeployed to fight in eastern Ukraine. The same information has been shared by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

The towns of Bucha, Ivankiv, and Borodyanka, all located north of Kyiv, are reported to have been retaken by Ukrainian forces.

The Ukrainian capital of Kyiv now also appears to be safe from the threat of an immediate incursion from the Russian invaders, but the city’s Mayor, Vladimir Klitschko, urged the residents who have evacuated from the city to wait before returning to their homes.

“The risk of dying is pretty high, and that’s why my advice to anyone who wants to come back is: Please, take a little bit more time,” he said.

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