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Ukraine latest: Zelensky warns of terror in Borodka; Russia admits ‘significant’ casualties

There have been reports of alleged war crimes from Ukraine following the withdrawal of Russian troops from areas around the capital Kyiv.

With Russian forces expected to launch a renewed offensive in the disputed eastern region of the Donbass soon, Moscow admitted for the first time that it had suffered “significant” casualties in the war so far.

Some residents are also returning to Kyiv as authorities continue to document the alleged atrocities.

Here’s the latest on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:

Borodyanka ‘more terrible’ than Buka, says Zelensky

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said the situation in the city of Borodyanka, near the capital Kyiv, was “significantly more dire” than in nearby Buka, where the deliberate killing of civilians by the Russian military has been widely condemned.

“The work to clear the rubble in Borodianka has begun. It’s even more dire there. The Russian occupiers are suffering even more,” Zelensky said in a video statement.

He did not provide any further details or evidence that Russia was responsible for civilian deaths in the city.

“And what will happen when the world finds out the whole truth about what the Russian army did in Mariupol?” Mr Zelensky added.

“There, on almost every street, the world saw in Buka and other cities of the Kyiv region after the withdrawal of Russian troops.”

Local officials said more than 300 people were killed and about 50 of them killed by Russian forces in Buka, 35 kilometers northwest of Kyiv.

Moscow has denied targeting civilians and said images of dead civilians were staged to justify more sanctions against Moscow and derail peace talks by the Ukrainian government.

A Man Is Standing In A Large Damaged Building With Several Walls Missing.
A sweeper walks past a building destroyed by shelling in Borodyanka, Kyiv region.,Reuters: Marco Jurica,

Some locals return to Kyiv

Some Ukrainians have returned to Kyiv after Russian troops withdrew from the city’s outskirts, but officials have warned people not to return to the capital for fear of a new Russian offensive.

For many of those who arrived at the busy main train station in central Kyiv on Thursday, the desire to see elderly parents or continue their jobs outweighed any safety concerns.

Some workers returned without their families, leaving their wives and children in the relative safety of western Ukraine.

Others were racing to get more of their belongings and cars before heading out again.

There were signs of a return to something more similar to normal life in Kyiv. Some played chess in the park as the air raid siren sounded.

Three White Men In Winter Clothes Are Sitting Around A Chessboard In A Park.
Two men playing chess in a park in Kyiv.,Reuters: Joseph Campbell,

Joggers went out for their morning run, women walked with their dogs and church bells called the believers to the morning service.

Some said they had returned to stay, at least for now.

Meanwhile, residents of nearby villages have assessed the damage to their homes.

Europe correspondent Isabella Higgins sent this report from the badly damaged village of Andreevka:

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The Ukrainian army recaptured the villages on the outskirts of Kyiv.
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