Kyiv ‘safe’, but we are preparing: Ukrainian minister

Ukraine’s interior minister said on Thursday there was “no danger” of a Russian attack on Kyiv but preparations were underway for the defence.

“There is no danger of an attack on Kyiv today,” Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky said.

“There is no concentration of troops near the Belarusian border, but we understand that all scenarios are possible tomorrow,” he told AFP, wearing a black military sweater, a flag Ukrainian on the right sleeve.

“Therefore, serious training is underway – preparing the line of defense, training the troops who will remain” in Kyiv and around the city.

However, the minister noted that the danger of Russian airstrikes was present.

“Any place in Ukraine can be targeted by rocket fire, including Kyiv,” he said.


He added that the targets may include “the government district” and “the historic center of the capital”.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24. Initially, Russia had set its sights on the Ukrainian capital. They had even captured several towns around the city. However, Russian forces withdrew a month later. Russia has since concentrated its firepower in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine.

Monastyrsky said Ukraine would continue to prosecute captured Russian soldiers for alleged war crimes.

“These crimes have no statute of limitations. Every time these monsters are discovered, they will be held accountable,” he said.

Up to “288 people have been suspected so far”.

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He added that negotiations were underway to repatriate Ukrainian prisoners of war held by Russia or Moscow-backed separatists.

“It is vital to bring them back here today, to save the boys from imminent death,” he said.

“We are working to bring the injured first.”

(With agency contributions)

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