krainian forces have fully retaken control of the town of Irpin from Russia’s invading troops, its mayor said on Monday.
“We have good news today – Irpin has been liberated,” Oleksandr 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.”
The information reported by Reuters could not immediately be verified by the Standard.
Irpin has been one of the main hotspots of fighting with Russian troops near the capital Kyiv.
On Friday Moscow claimed it was scaling back its ambitions to focus on territory claimed by Russian-backed separatists in the east after attacks elsewhere stalled.
Western sources said such a shift in strategy could reflect an acknowledgement from President Vladimir Putin that his plan for a blitz in Ukraine has failed, forcing him to narrow his goals and change tactics.