kyiv caught between new bombardments and timid return to normal


On Friday and Saturday, the agglomeration of Kiev was subjected to new attacks against the backdrop of Russian reprisals after the sinking of the cruiser Moskva. As a result, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital discouraged his voters from returning there. But life in the city continues slowly.

Barely gone, here comes the war in Kiev. Friday and this Saturday, the Ukrainian capital came under new Russian attacks. It’s the shots that put an end to the relative calm the city has enjoyed since the Russian military decided to concentrate its efforts on Donbass late last month. These are against the background of Russia’s announced reprisals after Ukraine torpedoed its flagship in the Black Sea, Moskva, on Wednesday evening.

Therefore, local authorities renewed their warnings to the residents of Kyiv, urging them not to return immediately. However, despite the danger and the curfew, he is slowly coming back to life.

Moscow claimed responsibility for the attacks

At dawn this Saturday, a Russian strike devastated an arms factory in the suburbs of Kiev. The municipality was the first to announce this with the press release of the mayor Vitali Klitscko on his Telegram account.

“In the morning, Kyiv was bombed. Explosions were heard in the Darnytsky district on the outskirts of the city,” specifically detailed the elected official.

In the process, Moscow also claimed responsibility for the operation, through the voice of Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konachenko: “High-precision, long-range air-to-ground weapons destroyed production buildings at an arms factory in Kyiv and an equipment mechanic in Mykolayev.”

Threats made

This new aggression embodied the threat that the Kremlin had instigated the day before. Marked by the loss of its Black Sea cruiser and flagship in Moscow and claiming to have been fired on its territory, Russian power announced on Friday its intention to “intensify its attacks” on Kiev.

Russia also took action on Friday, hitting a factory in Vyshneve, also on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital. The reason for this targeting is clear: the ground was indeed producing Neptune missiles that sent Moscow to the bottom.

The balance sheet of these attacks remains unclear. On Saturday afternoon, the mayor of Kyiv stated that the bombing of the factory in the Darnystky district caused at least “one death and several injuries.” In any case, these strikes prompted local officials to remind their voters to be cautious.

“I urge those who have left Kiev and are considering returning to the capital to stay in safer places,” Vitali Klitschko wrote in his Telegram post.

50,000 people return every day

Will it be able to hear the voices of the 50,000 people returning every day to this capital, where 2.8 million civilians lived before the war and migration?

According to a list prepared by local authorities, it should be said that the damage done in Kiev so far has been limited: 100 buildings were destroyed in the city between February 24, when Russia withdrew from the region, and March 22. . Thus, Agence France-Presse (AFP) noticed the checkpoints abandoned by the army, the anti-tank anchors stored on the roadsides.

Curfews and terraces

The daily life of the population is also gradually becoming more flexible. Admittedly, the curfew is still in effect from 9pm to 6am. Schools, universities, most restaurants and cultural or leisure sports facilities are still closed, but it is still possible to order food, go to the hairdresser, go to the mall, take the subway, rent a bike or scooter.

And customers flock to the terraces again. AFP thus collected the words of a young girl sitting next to her glass. Saluting Alona Bogatchova, she concluded by saying, “How many lives are here, liberties have been found”: