A brief assault took place in the early afternoon, when Ukrainian troops launched their assault.
Anatoli, a 19-year-old Ukrainian soldier, told BuzzFeed News: “We hit them because they ran out of shells. “It could be said that Irpin was theirs. But we’ll cut them out now that everyone’s out. ”
Kyiv has been trying to negotiate with Moscow on safe routes out of the cities besieged by Russian troops, which have been hit the hardest by shelling. However, the deals were largely unimpeded and civilians were deliberately targeted by the Russian military as they tried to flee.
There is no agreement between the warring parties for a safe corridor out of Irpin, in northern Ukraine near the capital Kyiv.
Until Sunday, residents were able to leave town by train. But then the Russians bombed the tracks, destroying the safest and easiest way out. On Tuesday, the only way out was through the rubble of a bridge blown up by the Ukrainian military to prevent Russian forces with tanks and armored vehicles from entering Kyiv just 15 miles east.
Ukrainian soldiers told BuzzFeed News that thousands of residents are being asked to leave immediately as Russian forces are not only crushing Irpin, but are also moving in – stealing food, gas and supplies. another level – and seize whatever is left of it.
Anna, a woman in her 60s, told BuzzFeed News that had it not been for enemy troops breaking into her family’s home, “we wouldn’t have left.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin thinks his troops will overwhelm Ukraine in the next few days and force Kyiv to surrender, but he underestimates the Ukrainians’ ability to resist and be resilient. Now his so-called “special military operation” seems to have become one of horrors aimed at breaking the will of the Ukrainians by besieging their cities and firing indiscriminately at them. by rockets named after destructive weather phenomena such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and hail.
But faced with the worst fighting Europe has seen in decades, the Ukrainians defied.
Oleksandr Markushyn, the mayor of Irpin, said Russian forces had sent him a death threat and asked to hand over the city to them on Monday.
“I’m surprised these monsters still don’t understand Irpin’s not surrendering, Irpin’s not for sale, Irpin’s fighting!” he wrote on Telegram on Tuesday.