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Putin's war still shakes Kiev as Russian missile strikes bury bodies

IT HAS BEEN EASY FOR MANY PEOPLE IN KYIV TO IMAGINE THAT THE WAR HAS MOVED ON TO THE EAST, FAR AWAY FROM THE RECENTLY OPENED CAFES, SHOPS, AND ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES IN THE CAPI

Search and rescue personnel look for surviving victims (Image courtesy of Getty)

Because of the recent nice weather, the parks have been crowded with people of all ages, including families, friends, and lovers. Yesterday, however, just as the light was beginning to peek over the horizon, the air raid sirens in the city started their foreboding scream, and missiles began falling on the homes of the people living there. The majority of the populace has either developed the ability to tune out the warning sirens because they have faith in the capabilities of their military's air defense systems or because they have grown bored of taking cover.

I rolled over and went back to sleep when the emergency vehicle siren went off close to where I was.

After a few moments, I heard a huge explosion, ran out onto the balcony to check for smoke, and then looked at my phone to see if there was any new information about the most recent incident.


But the information is trickling out gradually: first on social media (often with video), then on one of the news websites, and then, much later, in the form of an official statement from the Mayor's Office and the military.


Because the authorities are afraid of "correcting" the enemy's firing, they will not divulge the address of the building that was struck, or even the neighborhood. Therefore, the majority of individuals will begin texting their friends and acquaintances in order to spread the news until it is eventually spread through word of mouth.


The fact that someone took the risk of reporting the neighborhood on social media was the first thing that piqued my interest. It was a location that was familiar to me since I had previously reported on two missile attacks that had occurred there, one immediately after the other within a walking distance of five minutes.


As I got closer, I realized that I had been right all along. My way was illuminated by a column of cloudy white smoke. I arrived, and there were fire vehicles and ambulances waiting for me, along with military and police officers blocking the entrance.

But eventually I made it there – to yet another burnt and smoldering block of flats, rescuers combing through the wreckage for dead, and journalists capturing pictures of the agony – and it was yet another reminder that the conflict has not moved on from Kyiv or anyplace else.


And they probably won't anytime in the near future


source:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/news/world/1631498/ukraine-russia-missile-strikes-kiev/amp

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