“By decision of the Ukrainian military command”, movement in the city will be prohibited “without special authorization”, except “to go to underground shelters against bombing”, informed the mayor of Kyiv.
Ukraine’s capital will be under curfew for 35 hours from 20:00 local time, announced the mayor, Vitali Klitschko, explaining that Kyiv is going through “a dangerous and difficult time”.
According to the mayor, traffic will be prohibited in the city “from today”, at 20:00 and until 07:00 on Thursday.
Klitschko stressed that the capital is going through a difficult and dangerous moment, referring to the latest Russian bombings that hit residential neighborhoods and caused the death of dozens of people.
Circulation in the city “without a special pass becomes prohibited, so you can only go out to get home”, explained the president of the Ukrainian capital.
The mayor also asked all Kievans to prepare for the obligation to stay at home for two days or, if an alarm sounds, to retreat to a shelter.
Fighting has intensified in recent days around Kyiv, which is almost completely surrounded. More than half of its three million inhabitants fled. The capital is “under siege”, according to an aide to the Ukrainian president.
The curfew announcement comes on the same day as the visit of the Prime Ministers of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, of the Czech Republic, Petr Fiala, and of Slovenia, Janez Jansa, who will, as representatives of the European Council, meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Prime Minister Denys Chmygal.
The purpose of this visit is “to reaffirm the unequivocal support of the entire European Union for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine and to present a comprehensive package of measures in support of the Ukrainian state and society”, reads the statement published on the Polish Government’s website.
On February 24, Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine that has already caused at least 564 deaths and more than 982 injuries among the civilian population and caused the flight of about 4.5 million people, including three million to the countries. neighbors, according to the latest UN data.
The Russian invasion was condemned by most of the international community, which responded by sending weapons to Ukraine and reinforcing economic sanctions on Moscow.
Source: with agencies