Zelensky publicly criticized Klitschko for the first time since the beginning of the war

Volodymyr Zelenski
Volodymyr Zelenski / Photo: EPA-EFE / SERGEY DOLZHENKO

In a rare public disagreement between Ukrainian leaders, President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized the mayor of Kyiv for not doing a good job of organizing shelters to help citizens left without electricity and water due to Russian attacks. As a result of Russian missile attacks on energy infrastructure, authorities have opened thousands of so-called "invincible" centers where people can get heat, water, internet and phone.

In his address, Zelensky suggested that Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko and his associates did not do enough. "Unfortunately, local authorities have not done a good job in all cities. In Kyiv, there were especially many complaints... To put it mildly, more work needs to be done," said Zelensky.

"Pay attention, people in Kyiv need more help, many are without power for 20, to 30 hours. We expect quality work from the mayor," he added.

Zelensky also criticized those who, as he said, lied in official reports, but did not specify what exactly he meant. More than 4.000 centers have been opened so far. These are unusual statements because since the beginning of the war, Zelensky has tried to give an impression of national unity and usually praises other officials.
From the office of the mayor of Kyiv Klitschko, there is still no response to these criticisms of Zelensky

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