Kiev, 26 February 2022 (dpa/MIA) – Kiev is still under the control of the Ukrainian government, the capital’s Mayor Vitali Klitschko has said.
“Last night was difficult, but there are no Russian troops in the city,” Klitschko said in a video published on the Telegram news channel on Saturday morning.
But he added: “The enemy is trying to advance into the city.”
As of 5 am (0400 GMT), Kiev had recorded 35 injured, including two children, Klitschko said.
The mayor called on the population to seek cover. “Stay in the bomb shelters, because the enemy is attacking from the air.”
Kiev’s infrastructure was still intact and underground trains were running, he said.
“We have set up checkpoints, so movement in the city will be restricted and difficult,” Klitschko added.
“It will be hard, but we have to persevere, because the army is with us, territorial defence is with us, justice is with us,” he said.
Witnesses have reported hearing dozens of detonations in the city as well as gunfire overnight. The government has said fighting continues on the outskirts of greater Kiev.