APCs deployed on Kiev streets, emergency as record snowfall turns Ukraine into chaos
A state of emergency has been declared in Ukrainian capital, Kiev, on Saturday as the city is paralyzed by heavy snowfall and blizzard totally abnormal for March.
"Due to the deterioration of weather conditions [heavy snowfall, blizzards, snow-banks] a state of emergency is declared in the capital," the statement by the Kiev State Administration said.
The head of the city’s administration, Aleksandr Popov, said that the state of emergency won’t be lifted in the Ukrainian capital for at least a week.
“All the necessary funds from the state budget will be attracted in order to provide maximum cars for snow removal before the warm spell comes and it starts melting,” Popov is cited as saying by ITAR-TASS news agency. The situation in the city is so dire that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has signed a special decree urging all government agencies to provide maximum assistance to victims of the snowstorm.
The military is also involved in rescuing the city from its snowbound condition as 550 servicemen are deployed to the capital to aid the community services.