It is premature to conclude that Russia has reduced the intensity of its fighting around Kyiv and Chernihiv, Vadym Denisenko, an adviser to the interior minister, said on March 30.
On Ukrainian television, he noted that in the Kyiv region, in fact, the fighting was heard all night near Irpin, a town to the north-west of the capital.
“We can confirm that certain units and equipment are entering Belarus. This rather resembles a rotation and a licking of wounds than a genuine suspension of hostilities,” Denisenko added.
He also said that air raid sirens had been sounding across almost the whole Ukraine during the night. The invaders fire on Chernihiv, Khmelnytskyi, and Luhansk oblasts, and several enemy missiles were downed over Kyiv, according to early reports.
“In Kyiv, as far as we know at this stage, several missiles were shot down. Currently, the circumstances are being clarified,” Denisenko said.
After negotiations between the Ukrainian and Russian delegations in Istanbul on March 29, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that the aggressor country had "decided to drastically reduce hostilities" around Kyiv and Chernihiv.
According to the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, as of March 29, the invaders were continuing to withdraw units from the territory of Kyiv and Chernihiv oblasts, and were regrouping in order to focus their efforts on the Slobozhansky and Donetsk areas in eastern Ukraine.
Earlier, The Wall Street Journal reported that Russia had changed its original plans due to suffering heavy losses and encountering stiff resistance from Ukrainian forces.