Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko said that almost two-thirds of its residents have now returned to the capital.
He said this on the air of the telethon, Ukrinform reports.
“We are counting with telecom operators, given that each of us has telephones, and today we can count the number of telephones in our city, which is about two and a half million Kyivans are already in our city … Almost two-thirds of Kyivans have already returned” Klitschko said.
He clarified that before the start of a large-scale invasion, three and a half million people lived in the capital.
At the same time, the mayor noted that residents of the capital, who were forced to leave, can return to the city, “but we cannot guarantee security.”
“Unfortunately, the possibility of shelling and rocket strikes still remains today,” Klitschko said.
He added that if it is possible to be in more protected places, where there is no risk to life and health, “please stay, and if possible, we will not mind returning to our homes today.”
The head of the capital noted that now there are a large number of checkpoints in Kyiv, a curfew is in effect, which also limits movement in the city, the likelihood of shelling remains, and visiting green areas is prohibited in the suburbs due to possible mines and explosive objects.
“So there are a lot of restrictions. And if you are not afraid of these restrictions, you can really come back. But we can only recommend and say that today life itself is gradually returning to normal functioning. Nevertheless, it cannot be called what it was. Public transport does not work as well as we would like. This is due to the limitation of the number of routes and composition, and the heavy load on the infrastructure, and a decrease in the number of employees of public utilities. That is, there are quite a lot of challenges, but we are doing everything to ensure that water and heat supply, and electricity supply, and services, and garbage collection and street cleaning – everything functions. That is, it functions, but now in other conditions,” the mayor said.
As reported earlier, Klitschko said that after May 8-9, it will be possible to gradually return to the capital for its residents.
Since February 24, Russia has been waging a large-scale war against Ukraine.