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The burned wreckage of two Russian tanks with blown off turrets and several armored personnel carriers attest the ferocity of last week's clashes in Lukyanivka village just outside Kyiv. The charred corpse of a Russian soldier lies in a field nearby.

"There were mortars so strong that it was scary even in the cellar," local resident Valeriy Hudym said on Sunday, two days after Ukrainian soldiers seized back control of Lukyanivka in a five-hour battle with the Russians.

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