Concrete ground shelters to be built in Kyiv: Klitschko reveals first details

13 June, 06:20 PM
Kyiv authorities want to install up to 250 above-ground concrete shelters in the capital (Photo:Artem Zhukov/Unsplash)

Kyiv authorities want to install up to 250 above-ground concrete shelters in the capital (Photo:Artem Zhukov/Unsplash)

Kyiv plans to install up to 250 modular concrete shelters to protect the population during Russian attacks on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko announced on Telegram on June 13.

The municipality approved the purchase and installation of the shelters at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Man-Made Disasters and Environmental Safety and Emergencies on June 13.

Within three to five days, the Department of Municipal Security of the Kyiv City State Administration, together with the Main Directorate of the State Emergency Service in Kyiv and the heads of district administrations of the capital, should determine the number of facilities needed for the city.

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The authorities plan to spend UAH 300 million ($8.12 million) on their purchase.

District heads should also provide information on the need to install these shelters in schools and kindergartens, where there are no underground shelters.

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia has been attacking Kyiv with missiles and kamikaze drones. In early May 2023, the enemy attacked the Ukrainian capital almost every night, using ballistic missiles in particular. Air defense forces shoot down almost all enemy targets, but the fragments of missiles and attack drones hit civilian infrastructure. In some cases, there are casualties and property damage.

Three people were killed in Kyiv in the early hours of June 1 because of a strike by Russian ballistic and cruise missiles. All of them — a 33-year-old woman, a 34-year-old woman and her nine-year-old daughter — were killed in the Desnianskyi district near a local clinic.

Together with other people, they were attempting to enter a shelter. Police later confirmed that the doors to the shelter were locked.

On June 2, during a meeting of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief's Staff, Zelenskyy ordered a full audit of all defense structures in Ukraine.

A special commission completed an inspection of all 4,655 bomb shelters in Kyiv on June 10.

Only 15% of the shelters were deemed appropriate without issue, Minister of Strategic Industries Alexander Kamyshin said.

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