Ukrainian troops have regained full control of the entire territory in the Kyiv region, according to Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar.
“The whole Kyiv region is liberated from the invader,” she said in a Facebook post.
French news agency AFP has reported that the bodies of at least 20 men dressed in civilian clothing have been found lying in a street of a retaken town near Kyiv.
According to the agency one of the men’s hands were tied behind his back. The discovery was made in the town of Bucha, which was recently retaken after Russian troops withdrew.
The cause of death of those found was not clear, although at least one of those found had a head wound.
A Ukrainian regional governor claims thousands of Ukrainians are making their way back into the country despite the ongoing war. Maksym Kozytskyy posted on Facebook that more than 19,000 citizens had returned to Ukraine in a 24 hour period.
According to these figures more people had returned to the country than the 14,000 who left.
Kozytskyy went on to say that since Russia’s invasion 556,000 people had re-entered the country.
According to UN figures more than 4 million people have fled the country.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has called for the Russian war in Ukraine to come to an end “quickly.”
Speaking in the western German city of Essen, Scholz said Russian President Vladimir Putin is pursuing “territorial claims that stem from the imperialist visions of earlier centuries” which he said were now “destroying the future of Russia.”
“He [Putin] did not expect Ukraine to defend itself. He believed that there would be people standing there waving flags and applauding. That is not the case. Everyone is defending themselves,” the chancellor said. /Argumentum.al