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Shelters, backpacks, and FM radios: Kyiv prepares for nuclear war

By Liz Sly and Kostiantyn Khudov

14 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Prompted by ominous hints from Vladimir Putin, Kyiv's residents are storing provisions and survival gear as they face up to the all-too-real threat of a nuclear attack. The Washington Post reports.

Kyiv, Ukraine - If Kyiv is struck by a nuclear bomb, Serhiy Dmytruk's biggest fear is that he will survive the blast but die anyway from hunger, thirst or cold. So he has assembled what he calls his "nuclear backpack," crammed with enough provisions and survival paraphernalia to sustain him for a week.

Pavlo Huk, who has compiled a similar pack, is kitting out the basements of his home and his workplace, and has rented a house in the countryside, planning to equip it with a generator, food and fuel. His worry is that friends and relatives who have shrugged off the threat will die because they have not taken similar precautions.

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