Irpin mayor urges residents not to return to town yet

30 March, 11:49 AM
Markushin appealed to the residents of Irpin and urged them not to return to the city (Photo:markushinoleksa/Facebook)

Markushin appealed to the residents of Irpin and urged them not to return to the city (Photo:markushinoleksa/Facebook)

The residents of the town of Irpin in Kyiv Oblast have been urged not to return to the town following its liberation by Ukrainian forces on March 28, Irpin Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn said in a video posted on Facebook on March 29.

Markushyn said that he had received many messages asking if it was possible to come to Irpin to check the house, pick up a car, or take out a pet.

"Today, there's only one answer and it's very categorical – NO!" he said.

"The city is still being shelled by the enemy, there are many trip wires, landmines and unexploded shells in the town. I beg you – stay where you are now."

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The mayor also showed a picture of his own house, destroyed by enemy shelling.

"I'm standing near my house, bombed, destroyed," he said.

"I want to ask everyone – don't return to the town. It's not safe here. Nothing and no one will save you from a shell, from Grads (multiple rocket launchers), no one is safe. Your best help to me and our team is to stay where you are now, in safe places. I will definitely let everyone know when it's possible to return to our town."

The search for the missing, the evacuation of the wounded, as well as the removal of the bodies of the dead for burial begins in Irpin on March 30.

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