Russian forces have killed 132 civilians in Makariv, in the Kiev region, the city’s mayor said Friday as Ukrainian officials continue to assess the extent of destruction around the capital and the north of the country.
Local officials collected the bodies and said they had been shot by Russian troops, Mayor Vadym Tokar told Ukrainian Parliament TV.
Nearly all of Makariv’s infrastructure has been destroyed, he said, adding that apartment complexes and other buildings were bombed and a hospital destroyed.
“We have been without electricity, water, gas and telephone lines for over a month now. We don’t even have essential goods in the house,” says Tokar.
Makariv, he said, has been hit by a “medical catastrophe”, with all doctors evacuated.
He also warned that people in the city should be careful as mines are scattered across the fields.
“Our deforested areas are heavily mined, so we will work on demining these areas first before we can begin full-scale restoration of our infrastructure,” he said.
The city is getting help and citizens are taking to the streets and doing what they can to clean up the rubble, the mayor said.
Before the invasion, about 15,000 people lived in Makariv, but now there are less than 1,000 left. Tokar said residents are gradually returning and the city is slowly recovering.
According to preliminary estimates, about 45% of Makariv has been destroyed, Tokar said.