The mayor of Ukraine’s capital, Vitaly Klitschko, said on Saturday that the city of Kyiv, which has been subject to heavy bombardment from Russia, is stockpiling medicine, food and other essentials in preparation for a possible invasion.
“Friends! Dear Kiev! The capital, where the fighting continues, is preparing for defense. We continue to strengthen the posts. We are building up stocks of products, medicines and essentials,” Mayor and former – world heavyweight Boxing champion said.
In addition, “on the third day,” he said, “the city is helping to evacuate residents of the Kyiv region to neighboring cities such as Hostomel, Buka, Vorzel and Irpin,” some of which were bombed by the Russians.
“The city still provides passenger transport by bus. And Kyiv rescuers pick up people at the railway station. And those who want to leave the city are sent by train to western Ukraine,” he said.
Klitschko, as president of the Union of Cities of Ukraine, appealed to international organizations and unions of mayors of democratic countries “about the criminal actions of the Russian occupiers”.
He recalled that a few days ago the mayor of the Russian-occupied city of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, was “kidnapped and taken prisoner yesterday” by Russian troops. “With the annexation of the city, the community was left without its chosen leader! They [os russos] want to cripple Melitopol’s livelihood and thereby discourage and subjugate the residents,” he said.