Kyrylo Kyslyakov heard a strange noise on Monday morning and then a powerful bang. The windows and frames of surrounding houses flew out. It rained Russian missiles on Kiev. He ran to the bomb shelter with his neighbors and mother. There was glass everywhere. Meanwhile, Kyslyakov (51) looked to see if fellow residents needed help. He saw no injuries or deaths. Kyrylo Kysljakov Photo private collection The rockets fell not far from his home in the center of the Ukrainian capital. He lives near Shevchenko Park, where people run in the morning, walk the dog or get a cup of coffee at a stall. Images after the attack showed a deep crater instead of the children’s playground in the park. “Had it happened half an hour to an hour later, the park would have been full of children. This was no coincidence. The Russians were only mistaken in keeping the Moscow time.” Also read: Rain from cruise missiles on Ukraine also shows weakness Russian army Not only Kiev was under attack. Cities across Ukraine were targets of Russian attacks on Monday with 84 cruise missiles and 13 Iranian drones. At least 19 people were killed and more than 100 were injured. Kiev, in particular, seemed safe in recent months. The last attack was on June 26. Life took off after the Ukrainian armed forces defeated the Russian army near Kiev in late March. Restaurants, cafes and shops reopened. As co-owner, Kyslyakov reopened his bar BarmenDiktat on the main street Khreshchatik on April 7. Refugee Ukrainians returned home. The war seemed to pass the capital. glass bridge Designer and illustrator Katerina Kosjman (27) also felt that feeling. That is why she temporarily returned to Kiev from Poland on Sunday to meet up with family and friends. That day, she walked across one of residents’ most beloved locations: a glass bridge overlooking the city. This bridge was also attacked on Monday. “I was lucky,” she says dryly. Illustrator Katerina Koshman. Photo private collection She was just planning to be a tourist. That changed from Monday. “I heard explosions. Some close by. The ground shook.” Now she stays at a friend’s house, where she feels safe. Preferably behind two to three walls. She sleeps on a bed in the hallway. The subway station to shelter is a twenty minute walk, too far when the air raid siren goes off. It just makes people angrier at Russia Katerina Koshman resident Kiev The attack on Kiev was large-scale. The authorities reported that in addition to the Kiev power plant and electricity facilities – residents were left without electricity – playgrounds, parks and office centers were also affected. “Shooting in public places just makes people angrier at Russia,” Koshman said. Journalist and communication expert Lada Tesfaje with her ten-year-old daughter Adriana. Photo private collection On Monday morning, journalist and communication expert Lada Tesfaje (38) took her ten-year-old daughter Adriana to school by metro and then to work. She paid no attention to the air raid siren that went off. “I’m used to it. I felt safe because of the anti-aircraft system.” Once back out on the street, she heard rockets crash into the center and saw a cloud of smoke a mile high. She and her daughter ran to the school where she knew there was an air raid shelter. They sat there for five hours. Also read: After months of calm, Kiev has been hit hard by rocket attacks With the attacks, the Russians want to sow panic among the Ukrainian population, she thinks. “So that we put pressure on the government to conclude a ceasefire and we have electricity again. But that’s not our concern. All we want is for the Russians to leave our territory.” Air raid siren Sergei Cherneta (40) also ignored the air raid siren on Monday morning. He got used to it and went to the coffee shop he owns. Only when he spoke to his wife on the phone did he understand that Kiev was under attack. He chose to stay in the coffee shop because there is an air-raid shelter “ten steps” away. Moments later, he also heard a loud explosion. “Then I realized it was bad. The city became deserted. It looked like February 24, when Russia invaded Ukraine.” Sergei Cherneta Photo Private Collection He expects the attacks to continue to keep the population under pressure. “In the summer you could live on the street, but now that it’s winter and you’re indoors, you can’t do without electricity. Russia thinks Ukrainians will protest against President Zelensky, who does not want to negotiate with Putin. But most importantly, we don’t want to talk to Russia ourselves. We only start to hate the Russians more and become even more determined to win this war.” After the attacks, Kiev rose quickly, Cherneta says. The mayor, Vitali Klitschko, wrote on his Telegram channel that Monday’s Russian attacks damaged 45 residential buildings, six educational institutions, six cultural institutions, five hospitals and two government buildings. When the signal sounded safe, residents helped each other clear glass, repaired windows and went to work. On Monday evening, Kyslyakov opened his bar on Khreshchatik. A peacetime bustling cafe with music performances, DJs and cocktails. “There weren’t many guests, about thirty to forty. But we wanted to show that we are not afraid.” Cherneta sees his customers return to his coffee shop. According to him, the atmosphere in the city has changed. “We are taking the air raid siren more seriously again. Not as calm as before October 10. The attacks remind Kiev that Ukraine is at war.” War in Ukraine page 12-13 A version of this article also appeared in the newspaper of October 13, 2022