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Ukrainian forces retake areas near Kyiv amid fear of traps

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Posted at 3:29 PM, Apr 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-02 15:29:58-04

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops are moving cautiously to retake territory north of the country’s capital as Russian forces retreat from the area.

In at least one town, soldiers used cables to pull the bodies of civilians off the streets Saturday out of fear that Russian forces may have set booby-traps before leaving.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy earlier warned residents that Russian forces are creating a “catastrophic” situation for civilians by leaving mines around homes, abandoned equipment and even corpses.

Ukraine and its Western allies on Saturday reported mounting evidence of Russia withdrawing its forces from around Kyiv and building up troop strength in eastern Ukraine. The shift doesn't mean the country faces a reprieve from more than five weeks of war.