Kyiv Mayor Klitschko says capital is preparing for possible Russian invasion

15 December 2021, 03:26 PM

City authorities are preparing the Ukrainian capital for a possible Russian invasion, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said at a briefing on Dec. 15.

“The local authorities are doing their best to ensure that even the worst case scenario won’t catch Kyiv flatfooted,” Klitschko said

He said Kyiv’s authorities had set up the Municipal Security Department at Kyiv City State Administration to tackle security issues.

The authorities have also drafted a city program for targeted municipal support for the capital's territorial defenses for the next three years.

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According to Klitschko, the drafting of reservists into the 112th Separate Territorial Defense Brigade is underway, while the number of members of the capital’s Municipal Guard has grown to 600.

Moreover, almost 5,000 air raid shelters are undergoing constant checks of their readiness by the local authorities, the mayor said.

Previously, Klitschko claimed preparations were underway in Kyiv in response to the threat of a Russian invasion.

In turn, Deputy Head of Kyiv City State Administration Andriy Kryshchenko said Kyiv was planning to start testing its public alert system so as to be prepared for a possible attack.

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