S’porean & Unofficial War Correspondent Ix Shen Leaving Kyiv as Fighting Intensifies


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If you have been keeping up with the news on the Russia-Ukraine war, you would most likely have come across Ix Shen’s Instagram updates.

However, you might have to say goodbye to the daily updates from Kyiv as the Singaporean ex-actor is preparing to leave the capital city.

Says He is Safe But Leaving Kyiv

Twelve days after Russia invaded Ukraine, Ix Shen is leaving Kyiv and moving to an area west of Ukraine’s capital.

On Tuesday (8 March), the 50-year-old former actor, who lives in the Podil district in Kyiv with his Ukrainian wife, said in an Instagram post that he had decided to move as fighting intensifies.

 

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“We’re safe and okay. Based on our latest information, we have decided it’s not in our best interest to live extensively underground during the next phase of fighting,” he said while standing in front of a parked car.

“So we will be evacuating from Kyiv… And we’re planning and moving as we go along.”

Ensuring his followers of his safety once again, he said, “We’ll be safe and okay.”

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Daily Updates on the Situation in Kyiv

Shen has been providing daily updates on the situation in Kyiv since the invasion began.

His decision to leave comes a week after he said he had no plans to leave the country, and reassured his followers on Instagram that all was well with him and his family.

Shen told The Straits Times last week that when the air raid siren is sounded or when shooting is heard, he and his wife and other residents would take shelter in the basement carpark in their Soviet-era nine-floor apartment building.


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Other residents would hide out in the stairwells, he added.

Had Remained in Kyiv to Help

After the war broke out, Shen had decided to remain in Kyiv as both he and his wife felt like they had a responsibility to stay and help.

Furthermore, his wife is a reservist medical officer who might be mobilised. However, as of last Monday, Shen said his wife had not been called up for duty.

More than two million people have fled Ukraine since the war erupted on 24 February.

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