Ukrainian forces retake control of town of Irpin, says local mayor

A member of the Ukrainian forces takes a position, amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in Irpin, Ukraine March 12, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/File Photo

LVIV, Ukraine, March 28 (Reuters) - The mayor of Irpin, near Kyiv, said on Monday Ukrainian forces had seized back full control of the town which has been one of the main hotspots of fighting with Russian troops near the capital.

"We have good news today - Irpin has been liberated," Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn said in a video post on Telegram. "We understand that there will be more attacks on our town and we will defend it courageously."

The information could not immediately be verified by Reuters.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Writing by Alessandra Prentice, Editing by Timothy Heritage

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