The mayor of the Ukrainian capital, Vitali Klitschko, said on Saturday that the city of Kyiv, which is under heavy bombardment from Russia, is stockpiling medicines, food and other essential items in preparation for a possible invasion.
The mayor and former world heavyweight boxing champion said: “Friends! Dear Kyiv! The capital, near where the fight continues, is preparing for defense. We continue to reinforce checkpoints. We are creating reserves of products, medicines and essential goods.” .
In addition, “for the third day,” he said, “the city helps the Kyiv region to evacuate residents of neighboring towns such as Hostomil, Bucha, Forzel and Irpin,” some of which were bombed by the Russians.
“The city still provides passenger bus transportation. Rescue teams in Kyiv pick up people at the train station. Those who want to leave the city are sent by train to western Ukraine,” he added.
Klitschko, as head of the Union of Cities of Ukraine, also appealed to international organizations and associations of mayors of democratic countries “on the criminal acts of the Russian occupiers.”
He noted that Ivan Fedorov, the mayor of Melitopol, which was occupied by the Russians a few days ago, “was kidnapped by Russian forces and captured yesterday.” “With the city occupied, the community was left without its elected leader! Hmm [os russos] They want to paralyze the livelihoods of Melitopol and thus demoralize the population and subjugate them.”
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