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Klitschko Boxing Heroes Warn That Returning to Kyiv Is Dangerous

  • Signs of life re-emerging in capital, Mayor Klitschko says
  • Threat of Russian attack makes guaranteeing safety impossible
Vitali Klitschko, right, and Wladimir Klitschko in Davos, Switzerland, on May 23.

Vitali Klitschko, right, and Wladimir Klitschko in Davos, Switzerland, on May 23.

Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Traffic is returning and sidewalk cafes are filling up in Kyiv, but two of the city’s most world-famous residents say the danger of Russia’s lethal war means the city still isn’t safe.

Vitali Klitschko, the former world heavyweight boxing champion who became the capital’s mayor in 2014, and his younger brother Wladimir said the 1.5 million people who have come back to the city are doing so at their own risk.