After a Russian retreat returned to Ukrainian control, the agency filed a letter from the French press Irfin. The city suffered an extraordinary amount of destruction and evacuation operations continued.
The last survivors of the Irbin ruins There is only one word to describe the Russians who retreated after one of the main wars of the war. Ukraine.
“Fascists!” Bokton, 58, was outraged when he and his friends walked a dog through a deserted city center for the first time in a month without a shell attack. His friends nod in agreement.
“Every 20 to 30 seconds we hear mortar shells. So throughout the day. It’s just destruction, ”the tent construction worker told AFP reporters in Irbine on Friday.
It was a smart commuter city in the pine forests on the northwest edge of Kiev. But Irfin stopped the full force of Russia’s invasion, and Moscow’s forces were found about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the center of the capital. The city, once littered with leaves in leafy parks, is now back under Ukrainian control as Russian troops make hasty withdrawals from outside Kiev.
The victory came at a terrible price, which made Irbine look more like Aleppo or Grozny than a rich satellite city in Ukraine. Only one building survived the fighting unscathed. The shelling exploded large areas of modern, light-colored apartments. The foggy streets are very empty, scattered by cars with bumpy windows, echoing with the noise of street dogs.
“This is the Apocalypse,” says a Ukrainian soldier as he rides across the empty city.
Irbin has been closed to the media for the past three weeks following the death of an American journalist, with Ukrainian officials saying it was too dangerous to enter.
Now, with a red heart, near a sign in the city center saying “I love Irpin”, some of the townspeople who stayed there say how we survived the relentless shelling for more than a month.
“We hid in the basement. They fired grenades, motors and tank shells,” Bokton said, asking to be identified only by his first name. “My wife and I were attacked twice with a mortar gun. But okay, we’re alive.
Before rescue workers could still rescue the dead from Irbine and put them in body bags and take them to the exploded bridge that connects the city with Kiev. The bridge was covered with dozens of burns, bullets and abandoned cars, and rescue workers are now trying to clear it.
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