Kyiv (Times Of Ocean)- Irpin, a city in northern Ukraine, was liberated from Russian troops on Monday, according to its mayor.
According to Irpin Mayor Alexander Markushin in a video message, the city located near Kyiv has been completely liberated from Russian forces.
“We have good news today, the city of Irpin has been liberated,” he noted, saying there is a “cleaning operation” going on in the city.
Markushin noted that citizens are not allowed to return to the city due to threats, adding that the Russian army may attack the city in the future, so they are strengthening its defenses.
Separately, Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko said in a statement that almost 5,000 people were killed in the southeastern Ukrainian city, including 210 children.
Over 2,000 apartment blocks have been damaged since the Russia-Ukraine war began on Feb. 24. Of these, 1,560 were directly hit and 1,040 were destroyed.
Boychenko said at least 150,000 people were evacuated from Mariupol after the city was besieged.
The Russia-Ukraine war has generated international outrage with the EU, US, and UK, among others, imposing tough financial sanctions on Moscow.
In Ukraine, the UN estimates that 1,151 civilians have been killed and 1,842 injured, though it cautioned that the actual number is probably much higher.
Moreover, more than 3.87 million Ukrainians have fled to several European countries, with millions more displaced within the country, according to the UN refugee agency.