Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Malyar posted Saturday that the entire Kyiv region had been liberated from Russian military forces on the minister’s official Facebook page.
“Irpin, Bucha, Hostomel and the whole Kyiv region were liberated from the invader!” Malyar wrote.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian negotiator David Arakhamia said Saturday that draft peace treaty documents between Ukraine and Russia were at an advanced enough stage to allow for direct talks between Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Zelenskyy. He indicated there was a high probability that such a meeting could take place in Turkey.
In the southern city of Mariupol meanwhile, tens of thousands of people remain trapped with scant access to food and water in the city that has been encircled since the early days of Russia’s five-week-old invasion.
Elsewhere, Britain’s defense ministry said in an intelligence briefing that Ukrainian forces continued to advance on withdrawing Russian forces in the vicinity of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. It added that Russian forces “are reported to have withdrawn from Hostomel airport to the city’s northwest, which has been subject to fighting since the first day of the conflict.”