Quiet streets in Kyiv, city reeling from night of fighting

February 26, 2022

By Aleksandar Vasovic, Emin and Caliskan

KYIV (Reuters) – Soldiers picking up burnt debris scattered near the smoldering remains of a lorry and some civilians breathing in the fresh air before curfew were rare signs of the danger. live in the Ukrainian capital on Saturday, after the second night of shelling.

Russian forces have been attacking the capital Kyiv for centuries and other cities with cruise missiles and artillery shells since the start of the invasion on Thursday morning.

Many shops were closed, including grocers, and the streets were empty except for a single car – in contrast to the columns of traffic that have choked the streets in recent days when rows tens of thousands of residents ran to the West – and a few pedestrians dragging suitcases.

“I’m smart enough to stock up on food for at least a month, we have everything,” said Serhiy, a middle-aged man.

“I don’t trust the politicians that this will end peacefully,” said Serhiy, taking a stroll before the curfew began at 5:00 p.m.

Four heavily armed soldiers control a checkpoint near a government building. Amid reports of Russian sabotage groups in the city, with car passengers being asked to keep their hands up and present identification without making sudden movements, a research team said, according to a Reuters source. Reuters research reported.

A rocket hit a residential building and shelling and gunfire rang out early Saturday morning across the city, home to about 3 million people and severely damaged. during the Nazi offensive in 1941.

Soldiers near the railway station in Kyiv inspect the still-fuming remains of a truck that appears to be carrying ammunition and shrapnel scattered across the highway. Other soldiers dug trenches.

An elderly man inspects the twisted wooden frame of his house’s window, the glass blown out. He said he was worried a nearby subway station would be targeted. Soldiers prevented people from entering the subway system, which will now be used for shelter from skirmishes rather than for transport.


In addition to the regular soldiers, on the outskirts of the city could be seen men armed with assault rifles and wearing yellow armbands preparing to fight as Russian forces approached.

Some were wearing civilian clothes and carrying shotguns, others appeared to be from neighborhood militias and other reserve groups with camouflage and professional equipment.

Farther out of town, Ukrainians lined up at gas stations and bank ATMs, defying government-imposed limits on gas sales and cash withdrawals.

In Koncha Zaspa, just south of Kyiv, people queued to get water from a public pump and buy food in a local supermarket.

(Reporting by Aleksander Vasovic and Emin Caliskan; Writing by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Alex Richardson) Quiet streets in Kyiv, city reeling from night of fighting

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