A commission of inquiry found that of the 1,850 controlled bomb shelters in Kiev, nearly 45 percent are not operational or are not accessible at all. The mayor of the Ukrainian capital, Vitali Klitschko, also acknowledged problems with access to bomb shelters.
Klitschko also pointed out that the administrations of individual city districts have received some 1.2 billion hryvnia (30.2 million euros) over the past two years for the construction of emergency shelters.
It is currently being investigated how these resources have been used.
Situation across the country slightly better
Ukraine’s interior ministry announced on Monday that of more than 50,000 controlled air raid shelters across the country (equivalent to nearly 80 percent of all Ukrainian air raid shelters), about 16,000, or about a third, were not operational or inaccessible.
A child and two adults were killed in a Russian airstrike in Kiev last week because the nearest bomb shelter had been sealed off. As a result, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy ordered the government to take steps to improve the situation.
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