With the help of thousands of publicly accessible heated rooms, the Ukrainian government wants to help the population overcome the coming winter. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said this in his regular video speech published on Tuesday evening, TASR reports based on a report by the DPA agency.
More than 4,000 such spaces are already being prepared all over Ukraine, which will be set up in schools and administrative buildings. “All basic services will be provided there,” said Zelenskyj. “This includes electricity, mobile communication and internet, heat, water, first aid. Completely free and round the clock,” he emphasized.
In this context, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv, Vitaly Klitschko, once again drew attention to the seriousness of the situation in the metropolis with three million inhabitants.
“This is the worst winter since World War II,” he told Wednesday’s edition of German newspaper Bild. Klitschko accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of wanting to force even more Ukrainians to flee by attacking civilian infrastructure. “However, that will not happen. I have the impression that people will be even more angry, even more determined. We will not die or run away, as Putin would like,” he said.
As a result of Russian missile attacks on the power grid, Ukraine is struggling with power outages. There are also big problems in ensuring district heating and water and gas supplies, writes DPA.