A curfew will be imposed on the Ukrainian capital Kyiv from 8pm on Tuesday to 7am on Thursday after several apartment blocks were struck by Russian forces based outside the city, Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has announced.
Two people were killed in the latest bloodshed, he said.
“It is prohibited to move around the city without special permission, except to go to bomb shelters,” Klitschko said.
“The capital is the heart of Ukraine, and it will be defended. Kyiv, which is currently the symbol and forward operating base of Europe’s freedom and security, will not be given up by us.”
News of the curfew came as the prime ministers of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia announced they would travel to Kyiv on Tuesday to meet President Volodomyr Zelenskiy as representatives of European Union leaders.
Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said their visit was to confirm “the unequivocal support of the entire European Union for the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.”