Russian invaders kill the mayor of Hostomel

7 March 2022, 01:13 PM

Russian invaders have shot dead Yurii Prylypko, the head of Hostomel's Territorial Community in Kyiv Oblast, the community council has reported.

According to the Hostomel Council, Prylypko was killed while he and other volunteers were giving bread and medicines to civilians, trapped in the occupied parts of Hostomel, some 30 kilometers from Kyiv.

“No one forced him to go under the bullets of the invaders. He could, like hundreds of others, stay in a basement. And no one would blame him," the council's message reads. "But people were waiting for him, hoped he would come, believed in him. And he made his choice. He died for the community, he died for Hostomel, he died as a hero,” they added.

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Fierce battles have been raging in Hostomel since the first days of Russia's war against Ukraine. The invaders have captured at least 40 local residents. People have been restricted from accessing to communications.

Civilians are trying to evacuate from the settlement.

The suburbs of Kyiv in recent days have been subjected to large-scale destruction by the Russian troops. Russian shelling have almost destroyed Irpin, Bucha, Hostomel, Borodianka, Vasylkiv, Vorzel.

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the start of a “special military operation” against Ukraine on Feb. 24 at 5 a.m. Previously, the Russian government has repeatedly stated that it will not invade Ukraine, at the same time, it has been deploying troops and equipment to the Ukrainian borders.

March 7 is the 12th day of a full-scale war against Russia. The Russian invaders are advancing from the north, east and south, shelling peaceful cities from artillery and from the air.

Ordinary civilians of Ukraine and the Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to defend themselves, the shelling of Ukrainian cities does not stop. At the same time, international support is growing - Western countries are increasingly tighten sanctions against Russia.

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