Russia-Ukraine war: Bodies litter the streets as Russian forces pull back from Kyiv
Ukrainian troops have regained control of the entire region around their capital city, Kyiv, but their victory has been marred by the gut-wrenching scenes left behind in towns previously occupied by Russia.
Deputy Defence Minister Ganna Maliar announced on Saturday, local time, that Ukraine had taken back the “whole Kyiv region”, after Russian troops hastily retreated from areas surrounding the capital.
“Irpin, Bucha, Gostomel and the whole Kyiv region were liberated from the invader,” Maliar said.
All three towns have suffered heavy destruction in the five weeks since Russia began its invasion, with civilians facing relentless shelling and artillery fire.
Horrifying images have emerged showing bodies lining the streets of Bucha, with all the victims appearing to be dressed in civilian clothing,