The Russian military continued to shell areas on the outskirts of Kyiv, the capital city of war-torn Ukraine, on Thursday, despite Moscow promising to scale back its forces in de-escalation talks two days ago. According to multiple reports, Russian forces fired on suburbs of Kyiv that Ukraine recently retook control of.Regional governor Oleksandr Palviuk said on social media that Russian forces continued shelling Irpin and Makariv. Battles were also underway around Hostomel between forces of the two nations, Pavliuk said.
Britain’s defence ministry also reported “significant shelling and missile strikes” by Russia around Chernihiv, a historic city in the north of Ukraine and around 147.9km from Kyiv. According to the Associated Press (AP), Viacheslav Chaus, governor of Chernihiv, spoke about the presence of Russian troops in the area and said they “may not be withdrawing.”
Ukrainian officials confirmed to the media about artillery barrages by Russian troops in and around the northeastern city of Kharkiv over the past day. Fighting raged in the besieged city of Mariupol, the AP reported.