With the newest developments, Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, acknowledged on Sunday that the Russian military is stationed on the outskirts of the city.
He went on to say that, given recent events, there are no plans to evacuate the population if Russian soldiers gain control of Kyiv, and that all roads are closed.
In an interview with the Associated Press (AP), he also said that since the commencement of the Russian military action last Thursday, the metropolis of 2.8 million people has been shuttered, and the famous subway system’s stations have been turned into bomb shelters.
He further stated that the curfew was imposed at sunset on Saturday and will remain in effect until at least 8 a.m. on Monday.
He also noted that the city’s ability to meet the shortage in the rapidly depleting supply of food and medication is dwindling, emphasizing that the capital is on the verge of a humanitarian disaster.
Electricity, water, and heat are still available in houses, but the infrastructure has been damaged, according to him.
Long lines of men and women have been observed across the capital in recent days, waiting to get guns after the authorities decided to distribute the weapons-free of charge to anyone wanting to defend the city.
According to what the Russian Ministry of Defense said at the time, the Russian military operation began on Ukrainian territory at dawn on February 24, and after a brief pause on Friday, it returned and resumed in all directions.
The two countries’ relationship has also seen extraordinary tensions in recent months, which heightened after Putin recognized two separatist republics in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region before beginning a large-scale military campaign against multiple Ukrainian towns, including Kyiv.