Ukraine residents return to bombed cities as mayor tells them to stay away

Some residents of Ukraine have opted to return home to war-torn cities despite warnings of continuing Russian attacks. A cyclist is pictured in front of bombed buildings in Borodianka, a city northwest of Kyiv, on Wednesday.
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Some residents of Ukraine are on their way home while Russian attacks continue, ignoring warnings urging them to stay away from bombed cities.

Whereas more than 10 million Since the invasion of Russia on 24 February Ukrainian residents have been forced from their homes, either fleeing the country or moving internally, with a significant number returning. In a tweet Tuesday night, Ukrainian journalist Natalia Gumenyuk said returning residents of Kyiv were urging Mayor Vitaly Klitschko and others to delay their return.

“Our beautiful Kyiv comes back to life,” Gumenyuko tweeted, “Subways have to be run, restaurants have to open, least important check-points have been removed to ease traffic. Mayor tells ppl not to come for at least a week, but they come back . Border Police confirms that more people come back then leave Ukraine.”

Gumenyuk couple Low sirens were being heard in Kyiv and that the city had a “sense of victory in the battle”, while noting that other regions of Ukraine were “paying the price for Kyiv.”

More than 4.2 million residents have fled Ukraine amid the war, accordingly For the United Nations Refugee Agency. recent statistics Ukraine’s state border guard service shows more residents are still leaving the country than returning, though by a smaller margin than some expected – 29,000 left the country on Monday, while 24,000 entered.

Near the city of Lviv, a large number of refugees from the West were returning to the country, accordingly To the new York Times, A returning refugee named Oksana told the newspaper that she and her family were on their way to their home in Dnipro, a city recently hit by Russian missiles, due to a lack of opportunities in the Czech Republic.

“No one needs us,” said Oksana. “No one needs teachers. Knowing the Czech language is mandatory. They would be willing to take me as a cleaning lady, but I would still need to find a place to live.”

klitschko to plead strongly Those hoping to return to Kyiv to delay their return home admitted in a Telegram message on Wednesday that “residents traveling to other cities continue to return to the capital.”

“To those who haven’t gone home yet, I appeal: please wait a bit,” Klitschko wrote. “There is still a risk of shelling in the city.”

Klitschko vowed that the authorities would continue to “support” those remaining in the city. He urged residents to carefully follow restrictions imposed since the Russian invasion, including a daily 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew and rules affecting drivers.

“Since there are many checkpoints and blocks on the roads in the city, I urge drivers to be careful and follow the rules of the road,” Klitschko said. “Since there are too many cars in the city, and the obstacles on the road complicate the traffic.”

Authorities in Kyiv recently released an assessment that concluded that 98 civilians were killed and about 400 others were injured during the first 40 days of the Russian offensive.

Casualties are high outside the capital, Ukraine said, adding that at least 400 civilians were massacred by Russian troops in the Kyiv suburb of Buka alone.

Mayor Vadim Boichenko in Mariupol said As of Wednesday, more than 5,000 civilians had been killed, while more than 90 percent of the city’s infrastructure was destroyed by Russian bombs.

Officers in hard-hit Irpin Believe that hundreds of civilians were killed before Ukraine recaptured the city from Russian forces. On Wednesday, Ukrainian journalist Anastasia Laptinas tweeted That hundreds of residents voluntarily helped clear debris from the streets.

newsweek The Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, DC was reached for comment.

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