The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, during her stay at Independence Square in Kyiv, was forced to go to the shelter due to the announced large-scale air alert.

The European politician announced this at a press conference after the Ukraine-EU summit in Kyiv.

The President of the EC said that on the afternoon of February 3, she arrived at the post office on Independence Square to exchange old light bulbs for LED ones.

There, she and her colleagues were caught in an air disturbance.

Because of the missile danger, they went down to the shelter. 

"It demonstrates the reality

of every day, the reality of war that you experience here over and over again.

And if any living proof was needed that Russia is suffering a colossal strategic failure and Ukraine is holding out and building its way into the European Union, it's the fact that we are here to participate in the 24th Ukraine-European Union summit, in the conditions of war, and we are building,

discussing, developing the future of Ukraine in the EU

," said the President of the European Commission.

Together, we are bringing light to Ukraine!⁰

Ukrainians can exchange their old bulbs at the post office for energy-efficient LED bulbs.

The EU is happily providing 35 million of them.

Every kW of energy saved is precious to counter Russia's energy war.

— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) February 3, 2023

Air alarms for February 3

We will remind you that on February 3, a large-scale air alert was announced twice in Ukraine due to the activity of tactical aviation in Belarus.

The sirens sounded for the first time in the morning.

Then, at 10:05 a.m., a Russian A-50U reconnaissance plane took off from the "Machulyshchi" airfield.

Later, at 10:24, a Russian MiG-31K, which is a potential carrier of Kinjal ballistic missiles, took off.

For the second time, a large-scale trivoa covered all regions after lunch.

At 4:31 p.m., the "Belarusian Gayun" monitoring group reported the takeoff of the MiG-31K of the Russian Air Force.

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