News Desk: Russian shelling struck Kyiv on Tuesday killing at least two people, authorities said, as invading forces tightened their grip on the Ukrainian capital and the mayor announced a 35-hour curfew starting at 8 p.m.
“Today is a difficult and dangerous moment. The capital is the heart of Ukraine, and it will be defended. Kyiv, which is currently the symbol and forward operating base of Europe’s freedom and security, will not be given up by us” mayor Vitali Klitschko said.
“What is happening right now in Kharkiv, in Mariupol and other cities – it was understandable that sooner or later it would happen in Kyiv” said local resident Igor Krupa.
Sitting on the ground outside the badly damaged building, he described how he had cocooned himself with furniture and metal weights before going to sleep. “This actually saved me because all the windows went out and all the debris went into the apartment, and I remained unwounded. Just a couple of scratches”.
In another part of the city, citizens cleared debris from their homes after shelling blew out windows, ruined balconies and left wreckage strewn across the ground.