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Mayor tells Kyiv residents to stock up

Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko says the temperature in the city’s homes could drop rapidly in the event of “a blackout and the destruction of infrastructure”.

December 2, 2022
2 December 2022

Kyiv’s mayor has told residents to stock up on water, food and warm clothes in case of a total blackout caused by Russian air strikes and says residents should consider staying with friends in the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital if they can.

Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko warned that the temperature in homes could drop rapidly in the event of “a blackout and the destruction of infrastructure and a total absence of electricity, water supply, drainage and heat supply”.

“The temperature in the apartments may not differ much from the outside temperature,” the former boxing champion told a security forum in Kyiv, where temperatures are about minus 4C.

“I appeal to the people… to have a supply of technical water, drinking water, durable food products, warm clothing.”

The war has entered a relentless new phase with the onset of the first winter since Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

Klitschko also said that if there were no heat or water for between 12 and 14 hours at a temperature of minus 5C, the city would have to drain water from residential heating systems to prevent permanent damage.

“We would not be able to restore this system till spring and it would be a big challenge,” he said.

Power units at several power stations across Ukraine had to conduct emergency shutdowns this week after a spate of Russian missile strikes.

Klitschko said people should consider temporarily moving to stay with friends or relatives who own houses on the outskirts of Kyiv.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Ukraine still had a 30 per cent deficit of electricity, six days after the last big wave of Russian missile strikes on its power grid.

To remedy the lack of heating and electricity, Kyiv authorities set up 430 heating points where people can warm up and recharge their phones but Klitschko said that the number was insufficient for a city of 3.5 million people.

“Not even 500 would help, even 5000 would be too little.”

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