A man stands next to a civilian vehicle that was destroyed during fighting as Ukrainian servicemen ride on a tank outside Kyiv on Saturday. AP
"Irpin, Bucha, Gostomel and the whole Kyiv region were liberated from the invader," Maliar said on Facebook, referring to towns that have been heavily destroyed by fighting.
All three towns lie northwest of Kyiv and have suffered heavy destruction since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb.24.
Irpin and Bucha, commuters towns outside Kyiv, were retaken by the Ukrainian army this week. Both have seen large civilian death tolls.
AFP saw at least 20 bodies on a single street in Bucha on Saturday, including one with his hands tied.
The town's mayor said 280 people had been buried in a mass grave in Bucha and that the town is littered with corpses.
Authorities have said that at least 200 people have been killed in Irpin since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February.
Sappers were working to demine the town Saturday, with emergency services saying 643 explosives had been deactivated since Irpin was retaken by Ukrainian forces.
Gostomel, near Kyiv, was the setting of heavy fighting to take control of an airfield.
Ukraine has said Russia is withdrawing from northern areas and appears to be focusing on the east and south of Ukraine.
“From the beginning, I have insisted on talks with the Russian president,” Zelensky said. “It’s not that I want (to meet him), it’s that I have to meet him so as to settle this conflict by diplomatic means.
Andriy Nebytov, the head of Kyiv’s regional police force, said the bodies were abandoned in the streets or given temporary burials. He cited police data indicating that 95% died from gunshot wounds.
President Zelensky said conditions in Mariupol, which has seen the worst fighting of the nearly eight-week long war, continued to worsen, though Reuters witnesses said a few dozen civilians managed to leave the city on Wednesday in a small bus convoy.
The Arab League (AL) says the foreign ministers of Egypt, Algeria, Iraq, Jordan and Sudan met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Ahemd Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the Arab League, also joined the meeting.
The UN climate summit clinched an early victory on Thursday, with delegates adopting a new fund to help poor nations cope with costly climate disasters.
Dr Sheikh Sultan listened to a detailed explanation from Sultan Al Neyadi and Hazzaa Al Mansoori, about the longest space mission in Arab history, which Al Neyadi underwent and extended to 6 months aboard the ISS.
The campaign, initiated by the UAE, seeks to provide relief to Palestinian brothers in the Gaza Strip by offering urgent assistance.