kyiv: Russian strikes in a residential area arouse the excitement of the inhabitants

Nicolas Tonev (in kyiv), edited by Gauthier Delomez
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07:06, March 19, 2022

In kyiv, the bombardments are few but daily, and strike at random in all the districts of the capital of Ukraine. Some of them hit six buildings on Friday, including two schools, in the residential district of Podil, located about ten kilometers from the city center. These strikes aroused great emotion and the displacement of Volodymyr Klitschko, the brother of Vassili Klitschko, mayor of kyiv. The special envoy of Europe 1 Nicolas Tonev met the inhabitants of the district.

The brother of the mayor of kyiv, Volodymyr Klitschko, answered questions from Europe 1.
Credits: Nicolas Tonev/Europe 1

“We need defensive weapons”, proclaims the brother of the mayor

Between the small five-storey buildings fractured on all sides by the missiles, a woman begs for help from the journalists present, in front of a children’s play area deformed by the explosion, in the middle of the debris of bricks and glass.


One of the affected buildings.
Credits: Nicolas Tonev/Europe 1

Volodymyr Klitschko’s message is clear: it’s time for the rest of the world to help Ukraine a lot more. “We need defensive weapons. We need them now, otherwise it will be too late”, explains the brother of the mayor at the microphone of Nicolas Tonev.


Credits: Nicolas Tonev/Europe 1

And to continue: “Observing from afar, passively, watching and thinking that Ukraine is somewhere far away is a mistake. They (the Russians) are not going to stop there. Their propaganda has already announced it: the Ukraine is just the start.”


Ukrainians sweep up the debris that has fallen to the ground.
Credits: Nicolas Tonev/Europe 1

220 dead and 900 injured since the start of the war in kyiv

More than 30 apartment buildings have already been destroyed in kyiv, which has a total of 220 dead and almost 900 injured at the dawn of the 24th day of the Russian invasion.


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There are now these inhabitants who are looking for a roof to relocate to, like Svetlana. “Until today, I lived there, and I no longer have a place to live”, confides the Ukrainian at the microphone of the special envoy of Europe 1, who tries to chain: “What can I say I just don’t have water. I have nothing, I have nothing left.” Svetlana is angry with the Russian forces: “They are depriving me of my apartment. I have worked all my life. I don’t know where to go.”


Residents of the four affected buildings were evacuated from the area.
Credits: Nicolas Tonev/Europe 1

The affected area is evacuated, and it remains dangerous. Glass, bricks, metal with the wind, the debris falls randomly from the buildings targeted under the distant roar of Russian planes.

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