Pictured: Destroyed Russian tanks put on display in Kyiv

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tank - Christopher Furlong /Getty Images Europe

Destroyed Russian tanks and armoured vehicles have been put on display in Kyiv, as the Ukrainian capital returns to some semblance of normality following the Russian retreat from areas around the city.

Kyiv residents took pictures with the rusted vehicles that were placed in Saint Michael's Square this weekend.

Babies and children were seen examining the vehicles that were part of Russia's failed assault on the Ukrainian capital.

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tank - REUTERS /GLEB GARANICH
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tank - GLEB GARANICH /REUTERS
tank - Christopher Furlong /Getty Images Europe
tank - Christopher Furlong /Getty Images Europe

Pet goats were also among the spectators exploring the destroyed vehicles. One goat by the name of Myra took the opportunity to nibble on a hat which belonged to a Russian soldier.

Signs of normality have returned to the Ukrainian capital in recent weeks, with residents taking advantage of shortened curfew hours, businesses reopening, and foreign countries returning their diplomats.

After just over 12 weeks of war, Ukrainian forces have halted Russian attempts to seize Kyiv and the northern city of Kharkiv, but they are under intense pressure in the eastern Donbas region and on Ukraine's southern coast.

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tank - Christopher Furlong /Getty Images Europe
tank - Christopher Furlong /Getty Images Europe
tank - Christopher Furlong /Getty Images Europe

Many western countries, including France, Germany and Britain have reopened their embassies in Kyiv over the past month after Russian troops pulled back from Ukraine's north to focus on an offensive in the east of the country.

Last month, Boris Johnson travelled to Kyiv for a secret meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president.

Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, also became the first Western leader to address Ukrainian politicians in person since the start of the war when he delivered a speech in the parliament in Kyiv on Sunday.