Amid the escalating Russian-Ukrainian war, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko has now said the Ukrainian capital has enough supplies like food, medicine and other basic necessities. Klitschko informed the Ukrainian people on Friday that the humanitarian headquarters in the city of Kyiv continues to operate. Amid reports of Russian troops closing in on the capital, the mayor said domestic companies are helping equip and maintain Kyiv’s territorial defense against Russian aggression.
In an update on humanitarian aid, Vitali Klitschko said that the capital is able to provide for the needs of vulnerable categories in Kyiv. “Friends! The humanitarian headquarters of the city of Kyiv continues to operate. The capital is accumulating reserves of food, medicine and basic necessities. And also helps the most vulnerable categories of Kyiv – provides food and medicine “said the mayor of kyiv in a message on his Telegram channel.
“I thank the foreign companies that raise funds and send humanitarian aid. Thanks to national companies,” Klitschko added. He then named a few national companies for their involvement in humanitarian aid services. “SCM has allocated 100 million UAH to equip and maintain Kyiv’s territorial defense. The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation also helps the capital’s humanitarian headquarters with sets of products and medicines for socially vulnerable Kyivites,” the mayor of Kyiv wrote. The reassuring note from the capital’s mayor comes amid claims that Russian troops have slowed their offensive.
Ukraine says Russian forces kidnapped several mayors
Meanwhile, since the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war on February 24, Ukraine has claimed that Russian forces have kidnapped a number of mayors. The latest incident was recorded on March 18, when Oleh Syniehubov, the head of the Kharkiv regional administration, claimed that Russian soldiers had abducted Viktor Tereshchenko, mayor of Velykoburlutska. It came just 48 hours after Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Skadovsk Mayor Oleksandr Yakovlyev and his deputy Yurii Palyukh had been kidnapped.
The mayors of Melitlopol and Dniprorudne in the Vasylivka district, Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine, have already been kidnapped by Kremlin troops. On top of that, on March 11, Russian forces reportedly captured Ivan Fedorov, the mayor of Melitopol in southern Ukraine, and placed a “plastic bag over his head”. Fedorov was released in a prisoner exchange with Russian forces.