Kyiv’s Mayor Vitalii Klitschko said police will now patrol bomb shelters in the city during night time air raid alarms to ensure they are open.
An investigation has been launched after three people, including a 9-year-old girl, were killed on Thursday after trying to enter a closed bomb shelter, according to Ukraine’s internal affairs minister.
In a Telegram post, Klitschko said a missile fragment fell near the entrance to a clinic in the Desnianskyi district of the capital,“4 minutes after the air raid alarm was announced. People were running to the shelter”.
“Now the investigation is establishing whether the shelter was open. Whether there were people in it,” he said.
“I gave a separate order to the heads of the capital's districts to immediately check all bomb shelters,” he added.
Klitchko said he has asked for the head of the Desnianskyi district to be removed from his duties while the investigation into the shelter at the clinic is underway, adding that the head of the medical institution should also be removed.
“In total, 19 people were affected by the night shelling of the capital. Three of them were killed, including 1 child. 16 people were injured,” he said.