Russian forces could be further isolated if Ukrainian troops combine victories

A Ukrainian offensive north and west of the capital, Kiev, seems to have advanced somewhat, hampering Russian efforts to encircle the city and threaten the ability of Russian forces to retake the forward divisions emerging north of the city.

On Monday, geolocation videos showed Ukrainian soldiers drawing the national flag on a building in the town of Makariv, 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Kiev.

Then, early Tuesday morning, the Ukrainian armed forces announced in a post on social media that they had regained control of Makhri.

After 24 hours of fighting, the Armed Forces reported on Facebook that “the state flag of Ukraine was hoisted over the city of Mahariv” as the Russians retreated.

The city is strategically located west of Kiev.

Kiev Regional Police Chief Andrei Nepitov toured Makari on Monday. A Video His visit showed widespread disaster and the city was deserted.

Nepidov said Makariv was still under shelling, indicating that the immediate area was still competing. During the tour, another official told him that artillery shells were coming from five kilometers (three miles) north and that the area was still under Russian control.

“Makariv is still on fire,” he said. “Every second, civilian buildings, private homes, are destroyed and damaged by artillery fire.”

“There are almost no people in the city,” Nepidov said in the video. “There are no residents, no one to pick up.”

At one point, he said, Nepitov “sent a monument to the villagers who gave their lives for the Soviet homeland in 1941-1945.” “Then you are dead in the war against fascism, Nazism. Now history. Coming back again.”

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