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“The whole of Kyiv will be ruined”: residents of the Ukrainian capital are asking for help

Ukrainian War: Four explosions erupted in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on Tuesday morning, killing two people.

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Inside the glass-clad Kiev apartment, Alla Ragulina cries in the capital as the Russian strike examines the ruins of a life shattered by a rise.

The force of the morning explosion blew up the windows and threw a 64-year-old tax service worker against a wall.

His mother, who is blind and unable to walk, is now in hospital, one of the latest victims of a bombing campaign that has sparked fears of a Russian attack in Kyiv.

“The explosion was so big,” Ragulina says amid sobs, shaking in astonishment after the other neighbors came down to comfort her.

“People were asleep, the pieces of glass were flying, they literally put me in the wall – it’s really a miracle that no one was killed.”

Russian forces trying to encircle Kyiv have stepped up strikes in the capital, sparing the fate of hitherto destroyed cities such as Mariupol and southeastern Kharkhiv.

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Already trapped in the siege mentality, Kiev was shaken by four explosions early Tuesday morning, hitting apartment buildings and a subway station and killing two people.

The attacks are threatening to take more people out of the city, with an estimated 3.5 million people fleeing.

“I can’t leave”

A huge crater is located at the foot of the Ragulina block in the Podilsk area of ​​Kiev. Police and military experts are examining the remains of a missile.

From the apartment inside the 10-storey building of the Soviet era, they show signs of life overturned by the apartments.

Some are burnt, others full of glass and broken furniture. One sewing machine is covered with debris.

Some neighbors cleaned up the damage by throwing pieces of glass out of the winding window frames, causing them to fall to the ground.

Others are stunned to say nothing.

The apartment next to Ragulina’s place has been destroyed by fire, and the floor is tucked into the ankles by firefighters to put out the fire.

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The occupant sits by the broken window, smoking a cigarette and staring blankly at the cold morning sun. A small black dog walks through the water.

“I woke up, I had a bad premonition. I wanted to get up, but the sharp explosion lifted me out of bed, I fell and cut off my feet,” he said, asking not to be named.

Kiev itself has become a ghost town made up of empty streets, checkpoints and fears while ready to attack.

But many have no choice but to stay.

“I can’t leave this country because my eldest son is 20 years old and is in the military,” says Olena Yavdoshchuk, a 40-year-old clinic director, while she washes broken glass in a playground.

“So I’m staying here with my husband and two 10- and three-year-olds.”

“You’ll be next!”

With Russian forces entering and increasing the death toll, many in Kyiv are unable to understand why the West will not intervene.

President Volodymyr Zelensky is echoed by NATO’s desperate call for a no-fly zone – a request rejected by US President Joe Biden because it could lead to World War III.

“Thank God we survived, look at this,” says 60-year-old Nataliya, a subway worker standing on her balcony.

As she cries, she stains the glass on the upper floors, and then gestures angrily at the damage to her apartment.

“Give us planes, close the sky! The whole of Kyiv will be ruined, and where will Putin go?” he gets angry.

“It won’t stop, it’s manic. You’ll be next!”

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and has been published from a union feed.)

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