80% of Irpin under Ukraine’s control, says Mayor month after invasion

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Kyiv: Ukrainian armed forces, territorial defense and police “have 80 per cent of our city under control,” said Mayor of the Kyiv suburb of Irpin Oleksandr Markushyn, on Wednesday. 

Irpin, a suburb located to the northwest of Kyiv, has been witnessing intense fighting and heavy shelling since Russia began invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

“Our city is being constantly shelled by GRAD systems. Very massively. They are pounding the residential area, multi-story buildings,” Markushyn said in his address on Ukrainian television. 

In the recent weeks, the city has witnessed mass evacuations, Markushyn said, adding that on Wednesday, his own house was destroyed. The mayor also informed that up to 6,000 people are estimated to be still in Irpin and each day, small groups are being evacuated. 

“Around 4,000 people do not want to leave the city at all. We help them with food and medical supplies,” he added. Meanwhile, the national police, on Wednesday, said they are resuming work in Irpin, much of which was occupied by Russian troops. 

first published:March 23, 2022, 6:33 p.m.

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