Kyiv announces 36-hour curfew as Russia increases shelling on residential buildings

Russian troops attack on two residential buildings in Kyiv’s Sviatoshynskyi district. [Photo: Telegram/ State Emergency Service of Ukraine].

Mayor of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko has imposed a 36-hour curfew which will be in place till 7 pm Thursday amid a ‘difficult and dangerous moment’.

“Residents will only be allowed to go outside to head to bomb shelters,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

Kyiv imposed the curfew on Tuesday night after several Russian strikes, Mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

The announcement came as Russia launched fresh attacks in Ukraine’s capital, which has nearly been encircled by Moscow’s troops in the third week of the crisis and that has lost an estimated half of its 3.5-million pre-war population.

“Today is a difficult and dangerous moment,” former boxing champion Klitschko said in a statement. “This is why I ask all Kyivites to get prepared to stay at home for two days, or if the sirens go off, in the shelters,” he said.

The curfew from 8pm (1800 GMT) on Tuesday until7 pm (1700 GMT) on Thursday was a “decision of the military command”, he said.

It comes as the Polish, Czech and Slovenian prime ministers were travelling to Kyiv by train on Tuesday in the first visit by foreign leaders to the capital.

“Movement around Kyiv without special permits is forbidden. It is only allowed to go outside with the aim to get to the shelters,” he added. Kyiv imposed a similar curfew on February 26 just after Moscow launched its attack.


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