Today, Sunday, the authorities of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, denied reports that an emergency evacuation of the three million residents of the city was planned, stressing that the situation in the capital was “under control”.
Efforts to limit the effects of the Russian attacks
Roman Tkachuk, security director of the Kiev municipality, said the authorities are doing everything possible to limit the effects of the Russian attacks in critical infrastructure course.
The newspaper (New York Times) quoted in earlier officials of the Ukrainian capital saying they had begun planning the evacuation of the city’s residents in case of a complete power outage due to damage to the power grid caused by Russian missile attacks.
And the director of security in the municipality of Kiev indicated that if Russia continues to target infrastructure, the city will lose its entire electricity system, the New York Times reported.
12 hours notice
He also confirmed that officials in the capital have been told they will likely receive at least 12 hours’ notice that the network is about to collapse, adding that if things get to this point, officials will begin informing people and asking them to leave.
A warm refuge
However, he made it clear that, at least for the time being, the situation can be controlled as there are no indications that large numbers of civilians are fleeing Kiev, noting that things will change quickly if city services are stopped.
He also indicated that if there is no electricity, there will be no water or sanitation, noting that the government and city administration are currently taking all possible measures to protect our energy supply system.
With the arrival of winter, the city has 1,000 heating bunkers in can also protect civilians from Russian missiles, most of them within educational facilities, but authorities have asked not to report their exact location for fear of becoming soft targets.
Interestingly, Russia recently targeted Ukrainian energy grids. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the strikes left 4.5 million people without electricity.
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