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Guns, explosions and smiles under military curfew in Kiev, Ukraine


Ambulances ran along some roads, and armed men in olive uniforms crawled across unmarked cars.

Guns, explosions and smiles under military curfew in Kiev, Ukraine

The city imposed its own curfew to clear the streets and reduce any such undercover invasions

Kiev:

Men with long guns looked out of slow-moving cars on Sunday after a night of speeding and gunfire under Kiev’s state-of-war curfew – imposed with shoot-at-sight orders.

There was a growing sense of a city siege among the city’s three million residents – or at least those who had not yet fled – fearing coming under fire from either the Russians or their own security forces.

“What can you do?” Olena Vasilyika asked, going from her upper-floor apartment to the basement, sheltering her son and a few dozen neighbors.

“Of course we suffer. But that’s okay, that’s our life now,” said the 50-year-old. “The feeling of shock is taking off.”

Soldiers told AFP they were as concerned about covert incursions by Russian troops as they were concerned about mortars and Grad missiles the Kremlin forces were lobbying in Kiev.

The city imposed its own curfew to clear the streets and reduce the chances of any such undercover invasions.

But it has added to the frightening sense of paranoia on the deserted streets near Kiev.

The night began with cracks of bullets – either warning shots at pedestrians by soldiers or a sign of actual fighting in the streets.

Ambulances ran along some roads, and armed men in olive uniforms crawled across unmarked cars.

The birds chirped in the scorching sun, then disintegrated by a mighty boom or the occasional barrage of bullets.

Flora Stepanova takes it calmly, smoking a cigarette in the middle of an empty park in a city under military curfew.

“I can’t say I’m not scared. Of course it’s a little dangerous,” said the 41-year-old with a strange smile.

“But I think if you’re careful and look around, it’s much safer than being in front of the TV and watching the news all day, because it will drive you crazy.”

‘we the best’

And yet a strange sense of pride fills Kiev that the city has not yet been invaded.

“We like our army,” said Oleg, 23-year-old son of Olya in the basement.

“We love them because they’re doing things they weren’t expected to do. They’re doing a lot,” he smiled proudly.

“We are the best country in the world.”

Yet the young man shows signs of stress and anxiety.

His little drawing book—a personal obsession—is filled with anxious-looking swirls that help him take his mind off things.

The basement is filled with families who take a quick glance at their phone screens spread out on floor mats and sofas.

‘Quiet and Eerie’

The streets above them often featured surreal scenes of couples carrying one man’s assault rifles and plastic bags filled with emergency supplies.

One street was guarded by a soldier and an armed man who inexplicably covered the back of his head with a Guy Fawkes mask – a symbol of the hacktivist group Anonymous.

A man was smoking a cigarette outside a closed bank. Some armed men inspected the trunk of a family car a few steps away.

A dangerously spinning car veered off an empty boulevard before stopping and running inexplicably back.

Its driver threw an entire block of cigarettes at some journalists and then proceeded without saying a word.

Soon policemen and some armored vehicles tried to clear the roads.

“Everything is cool and everything is terrible,” a smoker who identified himself only as Yuri – for personal safety reasons – said from his balcony.

“Who is it easy now? This is war.”

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