The Kyiv mayor, Vitali Klitschko, warned that the "apocalypse" scenario is possible in Ukraine’s capital this winter if Russia continues its strikes on infrastructure. However, there’s currently no need for the residents to evacuate, he said in his interview with Reuters.
«Kyiv might lose power, water, and heat supply. The apocalypse might happen, like in Hollywood films, when it's not possible to live in homes considering the low temperature.»
Mayor of Kyiv
He added that the authorities were doing everything they could to ensure this didn’t happen. However, the picture remains gloomy: the city doesn’t have enough heated shelters to accommodate all 3.6 million residents in case of a blackout. Klitschko stated that if the situation worsens, people must be prepared to evacuate.
"Nearly 500 autonomous heating hubs had been prepared, but for a city of 3 million, 500 points is nothing."
Mayor of Kyiv
Context. On December 5, 2022, Russia launched another massive missile attack. The enemy damaged infrastructure facilities. The situation in Kyiv and Odesa was the most complicated, but Russia later also shelled Donbas. Power supply issues persist in Ukraine's eastern regions.
Meanwhile, Ukraine is getting ready for any future developments. The Kyiv authorities are drawing up a list of businesses that will work in the event of a blackout, and in Lviv, there are a number of coworking spaces equipped with electric generators.