Ukraine reprimands Kyiv mayor Klitschko after bomb shelter audit

Ukraine reprimands Kyiv mayor Klitschko after bomb shelter audit

The Ukrainian government has reprimanded Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko for criticizing city officials over the state of bomb shelters following the deaths of three people during a Russian air raid. The government has also approved the dismissal of the heads of two Kyiv districts and two acting heads of districts. It is unclear whether Klitschko will face further action.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy criticized officials in the capital over the June 1 incident, in which two women and a girl were killed by falling debris after rushing to a shelter and finding it shut. Zelenskiy ordered an audit of all bomb shelters in Kyiv after the incident and said personnel changes would be made.

Klitschko, a former boxer and now in his ninth year as mayor, was seen as one of Zelenskiy’s highest-profile opponents before Russia’s invasion in February 2022. They had a public spat last November when the president accused him of doing a poor job setting up emergency shelters to help people with power and heat. Klitschko could not be reached for comment by RushHourDaily on Tuesday. After the bomb shelter incident, he said he bore some responsibility but that others were to blame, especially presidential appointees to some districts of the capital.

Klitschko had earlier inspected a Kyiv bomb shelter equipped with an automated opening system, signaling that moves are underway to improve access to such shelters in the capital following the June 1 deaths.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal told a government meeting that the audit ordered by Zelenskiy had found that 77% of the shelters in Ukraine were fit for use, but that many did not “meet any standards”. He said the situation was “unacceptable” in some places and mentioned districts in the Zaporizhzhia, Sumy, Zhytomyr, and Kyiv regions, as well as the city of Kyiv. The government has also approved the dismissal of district officials in Zhytomyr, Bila Tserkva, and Konotop.

Strategic Industries Minister Oleksandr Kamyshin has been appointed to coordinate all questions and processes related to bomb shelters.

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