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Kyiv residents urged to take shelter during every alert, not to go out to watch air defence

Since the beginning of the full-scale war, sirens have sounded 740 times in the capital.

Kyiv residents urged to take shelter during every alert, not to go out to watch air defence
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Since the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, 740 air raids have been sounded in Kyiv, totalling 851 hours and 38 minutes, the Kyiv city military administration has said.

The head of the Kyiv city military administration, Serhiy Popko, stressed that air raid alarms are activated only when there is a real danger, and therefore, residents should always go to the nearest shelter.

"More than a year ago, the sounds of the first sirens frightened Kyiv residents. But at the same time, they motivated people to take care of their safety and hide in shelters. A lot has changed over the year. We repelled the enemy, liberated Kyiv Region and the capital is no longer a war zone. We have strengthened and improved our air defence to the maximum. So much so that our air defence system is already shooting down Kinzhal air-to-air missiles. This is in addition to dozens of cruise missiles and numerous Shahed barrage munitions... But Kyiv residents have no right to relax... Therefore, no matter how much you want to sleep a little more, finish your work, finish your coffee in a coffee shop or finish your breakfast, you have to go to the nearest shelter. You should not feel absolutely safe," he said.

Popko added that no air defence in the world can guarantee 100% security at all times. And the capital of Ukraine will be one of Russia's targets.

He stressed that during air raids, many people not only do not hide in shelters, but also deliberately go out into the open to observe the work of air defences. Moreover, some people film videos and post them on social media.

"This is unacceptable! Such people not only help the enemy with information, but their bad 'example' is followed by others. I call on all residents of the capital, business, government and educational institutions - each of you, in your place, must consciously influence your environment. Motivate people to stay in shelters by your example and guidance. We must be disciplined like the soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine," Popko added.

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