Russian attack Ukraine says it recaptured dozens of villages and towns on Friday

The biggest success was around Kiev, where Russian troops withdrew in part to the side of Belarus.

Ukraine managed to recapture more than thirty villages and towns from Russian forces that had invaded the country during Friday’s fighting. Ukraine regained most of its territory around Kiev, where some Russian troops withdrew to Belarus.

Another important victory for Ukraine came on Friday night, when the last Russian troops left the suburb of Bushan, northwest of Kiev. The newspaper reported Kyiv Independent. Bucha has been at the center of fighting in the west and northwest of Kiev since the attack began, and was captured by Russian forces on 27 February.

The Ukrainians in the neighboring town of Irpin took back back last Monday.

Russian The reason for the partial withdrawal of troops in northern Ukraine was thought to be the exchange and maintenance of troops, their transfer, or both. Russia previously announced it would shift the focus of the attack east to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Already on Thursday, Russia withdrew from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant area, which it occupied.

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According to the General Staff of Ukraine, a total of 27 population centers in the western, eastern and northern parts of Kiev were occupied by Ukrainian forces on Friday. However, Russian troops continued to besiege the cities of Chernihiv and Kharkiv.

The success of the war Ukraine also came to southern Ukraine. Ukrainian forces have managed to repel the Russian invasion from the south of Kherson towards the president Volodymyr Zelensky hometown of Kryvyi Rihia.

Russian troops heading south from Kharkov seized the city of Izjum on the border between Kharkov and Donetsk earlier this week. On Friday, Russia continued its efforts to move towards the border of the separatist regions of eastern Ukraine and to crack down on Ukrainian forces defending there. However, progress was not successful on Friday.

Ukraine, for its part, recaptured the small town of Popasna on the former so-called Minsk ceasefire line.

Russia and Ukraine held a prisoner exchange in Zaporozhye on Friday, the news agency reported Unian. Russia handed over 86 captured soldiers to Ukraine, 15 of whom were women. The number of prisoners released by Ukraine was not reported.

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Read more: Russia was claimed to have already captured Mariupol, but the defense has said, “If a fighter who has been wounded three or four times still takes up arms, he cannot be said to be afraid.”

Correction at 21.50: The capture of Bushan was reported by the Kyiv Independent, not the Kyiv Post.

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