Ukraine claims Irpin has been retaken as Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko gives update on losses inside the capital | #cybersecurity | #cyberattack

Ukrainian forces have seized control of a key town on the outskirts of the capital Kyiv, according to a local mayor.

Oleksandr Markushyn said Russian troops had been forced out of Irpin, which has been the scene of fierce fighting as Moscow’s troops have sought to advance towards Kyiv.

“We have good news today — Irpin has been liberated,” Mr Markushyn said in a video post on Telegram.

“We understand that there will be more attacks on our town and we will defend it courageously.”

“Now we are carrying out a mopping-up operation.”

Mr Markushyn said people should not return to Irpin as it was “not safe yet” and he expected further attacks.

He added that Ukrainian forces would next move to liberate other cities near Kyiv, including Bucha, Hostomel and Vorzel. 

Reuters could not immediately verify the information provided on Monday.

The United States assessed that Ukrainian forces had also retaken the town of Trostyanets, south of Sumy in Ukraine’s north-east, a senior Pentagon official said.

“The Ukrainians are continuing to try to take back ground,” the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Klitschko says Kyiv remains strong despite losses

The approaches to Kyiv have been the scene of heavy fighting, the capital’s Mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

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