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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A house sank in an area is seen after Ukrainian forces opened a dam to flood a residential area to halt the advance of Russian forces in the capital, Kyiv, in Dimdiv, Ukraine, May 15, 2022 REUTERS/Carlos B.

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(Reuters) – Some 50 homes in the village of Dmedev have been partially submerged for months after the dam was destroyed and the area flooded to prevent Russian forces from advancing on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, regional governor Oleksiy Kuleba said late on Saturday.

The Ukrainian army blew up a dam on the Erbin River in February, causing water to flow into the village and thousands of acres around the village, flooding homes and fields, but preventing Russian tanks from reaching the capital.

“At this time, about 50 houses in the village of Dmedev are still under water,” Kuleba wrote in a post on the Telegram messaging app.

“People understand the situation. And we are doing our best to solve the problem.”

Local media reported that the 1,000-year-old village was partially evacuated after the invasion began, but some residents have returned since Moscow turned its offensive into eastern Ukraine.

Over the weekend, Russian forces attacked eastern cities in what the Kremlin calls its “special operation” to disarm and protect Ukraine from fascists. Kyiv and Western countries reject this as a false excuse to seize land.

(Melbourne; Reporting by Lydia Kelly; Editing by Tom Hogg)

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