Ukraine says its troops have recaptured more than 30 towns and villages since Russia withdrew from the area this week.
- Ukraine said it had regained control of “the entire Kyiv region” after Russian forces withdrew from key towns near the Ukrainian capital.
- The mayor of Bucha, near Kyiv, said 300 people had been buried in a mass grave in the town and that the streets were still littered with the bodies of those killed by Russian troops.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that the retreat of the Russian troops was leaving the land mines behind, creating a “catastrophic” situation.
- Ukraine’s top negotiator in the peace talks said Russia had agreed “verbally” to Ukraine’s key proposals.
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Russian group says 208 anti-war protesters arrested
A Russian group that tracks political arrests said 208 people were arrested during protests across the country on Saturday to protest against Russia’s war in Ukraine.
The OVD-Info group said protests took place in 17 Russian cities, from Siberia to the more populous west.
More than 70 people have been detained in Moscow and a similar number in St.Petersburg, the organization said.
Ukraine says Russia has agreed ‘verbally’ to its proposals
Ukraine’s top negotiator in peace talks with Russia said that Moscow had agreed “verbally” to key Ukrainian proposals, raising hopes that talks to end the deal could be made. painting is underway.
Negotiator David Arakhamia told Ukrainian TV channels that any meeting between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin is “highly likely” to take place in Turkey.
“The Russian Federation has given an official answer to all positions, that is, it accepts the position of (Ukrainians), except for the Crimea issue. [annexed by Russia in 2014]’ said Arakhamia.
Nearly 300 people are buried in mass graves in Bucha, near Kyiv: Mayor
Nearly 300 people have been buried in a mass grave in Bucha, discovered after the Ukrainian army regained control of the key town near Kyiv.
Anatoly Fedoruk told Al Jazeera that the streets of the town were still littered with the bodies of at least 22 people killed by Russian troops. He said the bodies had yet to be recovered due to concerns that Russian forces had trapped the bodies.
“According to the mayor, [the dead people] Al Jazeera’s Rob McBride reports from Lviv in western Ukraine who, according to him, is trying to escape to Ukrainian-held territory.
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Ukraine claims to regain control of ‘the entire Kyiv region’
Deputy Defense Minister Ganna Maliar said Ukraine had regained control of “the entire Kyiv region” after Russian forces withdrew from key towns near the Ukrainian capital.
“Irpin, Bucha, Gostomel and the entire Kyiv region have been liberated from the invaders,” Maliar said on Facebook.
All three towns lie northwest of Kyiv and have been devastated since Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February.
Ukraine’s presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said the Ukrainian army has recaptured more than 30 towns and villages since Russia withdrew from the area this week.
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