The mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, is anticipating a dramatic winter for the Ukrainian capital, which has a population of around three million, because of the power cuts. The Ukrainian government is still trying to prevent this – President Volodymyr Zelenskyj announced the establishment of 4,000 warming rooms in the country.
“This is the worst winter since the Second World War,” he told the “Bild” newspaper (Wednesday). One must therefore be prepared for the “worst scenario” of widespread power failures at low temperatures: “Then parts of the city would have to be evacuated,” he said. “But we don’t want it to get that far!” “Putin wants to terrorize people” The ex-boxing world champion accused the Russian head of state Vladimir Putin of wanting to drive the Ukrainians to flee Kyiv by attacking the civilian infrastructure. “Putin wants to terrorize people, let them freeze without light.” This is how pressure should be put on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “But that won’t happen. My impression is that people are only getting angrier, more determined. We will not die or flee like Putin wants us to,” Klitschko said. He asked Germany to urgently send generators, protective clothing and humanitarian goods in addition to weapons for defense. Selenskyj announces “stability points” Selenskyj himself announced on Tuesday the establishment of more than 4,000 warming rooms for the population of the attacked country plagued by cold and darkness. “All basic services are provided there,” he said in his evening video address on Tuesday. “This includes electricity, mobile communication and the Internet, heat, water, first aid. Completely free of charge and around the clock.” Specifically, facilities in administration buildings or schools “stability points” are to be used. The official name on a government website also translates to “points of steadfastness.” “I am sure that if we help each other, we will get through this winter together,” he said.