Residents and servicemen alike hunt for Russian spies in Kyiv and supermarkets battle with logistics as an extended Russian navy convoy advances slowly in direction of town.
The seventh day of Russia’s warfare on Ukraine started with the sounds of sirens warning of air raids once more on Wednesday morning whereas a variety of explosions and shelling incidents have been heard in a single day.
Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the long-lasting Independence Sq. in Kyiv, has been surrounded by barricades with sandbags and anti-tank Czech hedgehogs, as a 64km (40-mile) convoy of Russian tanks and different autos advances slowly in direction of town.
Spanish ham, French cheese, Swiss chocolate and mangoes delivered straight from Thailand final week, simply earlier than the warfare, are left on the cabinets of Silpo, a grocery store chain, within the Pecherskyi district within the metropolis of almost three million folks.
All the cheaper meals are gone. There isn’t any bread or greens, no oils of any form, and no meat or sausages.
“We’re anticipating a supply tomorrow, it’s not that straightforward logistically,” Konstantin, a cashier in a face masks adorned with a tiny Ukrainian coat of arms, informed Al Jazeera.
Not removed from Silpo, a dozen folks stand patiently close to the doorways of a pharmacy. It snowed in Kyiv final night time, however the snow is melting, and the tweeting of birds is just not silenced by the standard drone of visitors.
“It’s one man out, one man in,” Leonid Goncharenko, a 79-year-old former firefighter, informed Al Jazeera, pointing on the doorways. He wants a number of capsules and drops for his diabetes and a coronary heart situation, and can wait patiently to get in.
Apart from the queues in entrance of grocery retailers and supermarkets, the streets are empty. Folks trickle out and in of the close by underground metro station-turned bomb shelter.
Teams of stern, gun-toting navy officers in khaki uniforms and masks test the identification of anybody coming into the station.
The same group of servicemen stops and checks every automotive and truck. Drivers and passersby eagerly present their ID playing cards, opening baggage and automotive boots.
“There are Russian spies working in Kyiv already, they spot the placement of strategic websites, we’ve to seek out and detain them,” one of many servicemen informed Al Jazeera.
Virtually each house constructing has its personal chat room in WhatsApp or Viber, the place residents trade information, suggestions and rumours.
An aged man sitting on a bench, a stranger knocking on any person’s door, a foreign-looking man taking footage – everybody seems to be suspicious, and teams of neighbours typically rush to such folks asking what they’re doing within the neighbourhood.
“It’s our civil responsibility – to be vigilant,” Tetiana Dobuzhanska, 34, who lives in a five-storey constructing of the Pecherskyi district, informed Al Jazeera.
With further reporting from Kyiv by Mansur Mirovalev