Putin’s war still shakes Kiev as Russian missile strikes bury bodies

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The weather has been warm and parks are full of families, friends and lovers. But just as the sun was coming over the horizon yesterday, the city’s air raid sirens resumed their fateful howl, and missiles began raining down on people’s homes. For the most part, citizens have learnt to ignore the sirens, trusting in their army’s air defence systems or simply tired of running for shelter.

When the siren went off near my place, I turned over and resumed my sleep.

Moments later I heard a loud blast, jumped out on to the balcony to look for smoke and then checked my phone for information on the latest attack.

But the news comes slowly – first on social media (sometimes with video), then from one of the news sites, and only later in an official statement from the Mayor’s Office and the military.

The authorities don’t reveal the address of the building hit, or even the neighbourhood, for fear of “correcting” enemy fire. So, most people start texting their friends and acquaintances until the information finally leaks out by word of mouth.

For me, the clue was the neighbourhood, which someone on social media took the risk of reporting. It was a place I knew, since I had reported on two previous missile strikes there, each within a five-minute walk of the other.

As I approached, I was proved correct. A tower of white smoke guided my path. Fire trucks and ambulances greeted me, as soldiers and police blocked the way.

But eventually I got there – to yet another charred and smouldering block of flats, rescuers sifting through the rubble for bodies, journalists snapping shots of the horror – and another reminder that the war has not moved on from Kyiv or anywhere else.

And likely won’t any time soon.

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