December 12, 2012 – UKRAINE – Oleksandr Popov, head of Kyiv City State Administration, has declared a state of emergency in the capital. Popov’s statement published on the official website of the Kyiv city administration says:
“Because of a potential threat to the economy and the life of the city as a result of the impact of heavy snowfall Kyiv is now officially in the state of emergency. This will allow the capital to engage forces not subordinate to the city authorities.”
|A man attempts to dig his car out of heavy snow in Kyiv.|
The Ministry of Emergency Situations, Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior Affairs have mobilized construction companies and industrial enterprises to help in snow removal. Also, the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Defense and Interior schools and Security Service has asked students to aid in snow removal. Head of the capital urged motorists to abstain from traveling unnecessarily and not to violate the parking rules in order to minimize obstructions for road services during the intensive cleaning of the road network from the snow. Thus, in the next days the city will mobilize all available human and technical resources to combat the effects of the weather. – Censor.