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around kyiv, scenes of desolation after the withdrawal of Russian forces

Posted today at 12:35 p.m., updated at 12:52 p.m.

The Ukrainians have regained control of the entire kyiv region after the withdrawal of Russian forces, announced on Saturday April 2, the Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Defense. Russian forces are redeploying to the east and south with the aim of ” keep control “ territories they already occupy there, confirmed Ukraine. More than a month after the launch of the Russian invasion, the localities of“Irpin, Boutcha, Hostomel and the whole Kyiv region have been liberated from the invader”said Hanna Maliar on Telegram on Saturday.

The Kyiv region, rendered unrecognizable by shelling, has seen some of the fiercest fighting since Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24. In Boutcha in particular, the bodies of about twenty men were discovered lying in a street, scattered over several hundred meters.

“All these people were shot, killed with a bullet to the back of the head”assured Anatolii Fedoruk, the mayor of this city, where nearly 300 people were buried “in mass graves”. Several people found dead had their hands tied with a strip of white cloth, used to show they had no weapons, Fedoruk said.

“The Boutcha massacre was deliberate”Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Sunday. “The Russians want to eliminate as many Ukrainians as they can. We have to stop them and put them out. I demand devastating new G7 sanctions NOW”he wrote on Twitter.

Destroyed buildings along the E40 highway from Kyiv to Zhytomyr, not far from a Russian army position.  The region has now been liberated by the Ukrainian army.  Ukraine, April 2.
Burnt cars, targets of attack by the Russian army on the E40 highway linking kyiv to Zhytomyr.  Ukraine, April 2.
Documents belonging to the Russian army found in a gas station along the E40 highway from kyiv to Zhytomyr.  Ukraine, April 2.
A slain civilian lies along a road leading to Irpin, west of kyiv just liberated by Ukrainian forces.  Ukraine, April 2.
A Ukrainian soldier looks at a damaged bridge in Boutcha, on the outskirts of kyiv, on Saturday April 2.
Anti-tank mines are laid on a bridge in Boutcha, on the outskirts of kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, April 2, 2022.
Ukrainian soldiers inspect Russian army tanks destroyed on a road leading to Irpin by Ukrainian forces during the liberation of the western area of ​​kyiv.  Ukraine, April 2, 2022.
A destroyed Russian army tank, on a road leading to Irpin, in western Kyiv just liberated from the Russian army by Ukrainian forces.  Ukraine, April 2, 2022.
Crosses honoring civilians killed in fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces mark a mass grave in the Irpine forest on the outskirts of kyiv on Saturday (April 2).
A Ukrainian serviceman walks near a destroyed Antonov An-225 Mriya plane during fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces at the Antonov airfield in Hostomel on Saturday (April 2).
A Ukrainian soldier patrols in an armored vehicle on a street in Boutcha, northwest of kyiv, on April 2.
A crashed car with the body of a slain civilian inside stands on an empty street in the town of Boutcha, Kyiv region, Ukraine, April 1, 2022.
A destroyed gas station along a road leading to Irpin, in western Kyiv just liberated by Ukrainian forces.  Ukraine, April 2, 2022.
Ukrainian soldiers stand next to the body of a man dressed in civilian clothes, in Boutcha, a suburb of kyiv occupied by the Russians, before being liberated, in Ukraine, Saturday, April 2, 2022.
Bodies lie in a street in Boutcha, northwest of Kyiv, on April 2, as Ukraine says Russian forces are carrying out a
A woman kisses a Ukrainian serviceman after a convoy of military and humanitarian vehicles arrived in Boutcha, a formerly Russian-occupied suburb of Kyiv, Ukraine on Saturday (April 2).
People wait for medicine after a convoy of military and humanitarian vehicles arrived in Boutcha, a formerly Russian-occupied suburb of Kyiv, Ukraine on Saturday (April 2).
A man walks with bags of food donated for the Ukrainian army in Boutcha, northwest of kyiv, on April 2.
Rubble in the village of Bychiv, south of Makariv in Kyiv Oblast, bombed by the Russian army in late March, killing two civilians and razing the village's cultural center.  Bychiv, Ukraine, April 1, 2022.

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