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Russia-Ukraine war: Mayor tells Kyiv residents to stock up on water, food in case of major blackout


KievThe mayor of the capital on Thursday asked residents to stock up on water, food and warm clothing in the event of a total blackout due to Russian air strikes, and said residents should consider staying with friends on the outskirts of the capital if possible.
mayor Vitaliy Klitschko warns that indoor temperatures can drop rapidly in the event of “power outages and infrastructure destruction and complete absence of electricity, water supply, drainage and heat supply”.
“The temperature in the apartments may not differ much from the temperature outside,” the former boxing champion said at a security forum in Kiev, where the temperature was around -4 degrees Celsius (25 degrees Fahrenheit). ).
“I urge people… to provide technical water, drinking water, durable food, warm clothes.”
Units at a number of power plants nationwide Ukraine had to undergo an emergency shutdown this week following a series of Russian missile attacks.
Klitschko said people should consider temporarily moving in with friends or family members who own homes in the suburbs of Kiev.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Ukraine was still without electricity 30%, six days after the last major Russian missile attack on the country’s power grid.
To overcome the shortage of electricity and heating, the Kiev government has set up 430 heating points so people can warm up and charge their phones, but Klitschko says this is not enough for a city of 3.5 million. people.
“Even 500 won’t help, even 5,000 is too little.”
Russia say their attacks on critical infrastructure are militarily legitimate and that Kyiv can end people’s suffering if they comply with Russia’s demands, which Moscow has not mentioned. Ukraine says attacks aimed at causing suffering to civilians are war crimes.

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