Zelensky fears greater “cruelty” from Putin on August 24, the anniversary of independence from the USSR, a date that coincides with the six months of the invasion
Next Wednesday will mark a before and after in the war in the East. Or so thinks the president of Ukraine, Volodímir Zelenski, who this Sunday has asked his citizens for strength in the face of what may come in the coming days. And it is that the 24th is the anniversary of when kyiv achieved its independence from the USSR in 1991. On this occasion, the date coincides with six months since the invasion began. Given these anniversaries, the Ukrainian leader fears particularly “cruel” actions by Moscow, which today destroyed a warehouse in Odessa that stored multiple launch rocket systems from the United States.
“Long-range and high-precision maritime missiles ‘Kalibr’, in the area of the Maiorskoye settlement, Odessa region, destroyed an ammunition depot with US HIMARS missiles and anti-aircraft systems,” explained the Russian Army spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, who has added the destruction of a fuel depot in Zaporizhia where more than 100 tons of diesel were stored.
These actions, as Zelensky has warned, could multiply in the coming days. “We must be aware that Russia may try to do something particularly cruel,” he stressed before emphasizing that he had been committing “cruelties” constantly for the last half year. “We must all be strong enough to resist any enemy provocation, as long as it takes for the occupiers to answer for all their blows and terror, for Kharkov and Donbas, for Azovstal and Nikolaev, for Bucha and Irpín, for all cities,” The president has alleged, after begging his people to stay united because “one of Putin’s tasks is humiliation through despair, fear and conflict.”
Mass bombing threat
The Ukrainian Armed Forces already warned on Thursday that Moscow was concentrating a large number of anti-aircraft missiles near the borders and in the occupied territories. “The threat of a massive bombardment of Ukrainian territory is obvious,” they said. This danger casts a shadow over the Ukrainian Independence Day; a “very important” date to “remember our legends: this is and will be a tradition,” Zelensky said.
Despite this, the threat has forced the Government to take greater security measures. In this sense, the authorities have prohibited any public demonstration for the anniversary of the 22nd to the 25th of this month in the capital. In addition, the governor of Kharkov, Oleg Sinegubov, announced a curfew from 23 to 25. “Let us be as vigilant as possible during the holiday of our independence,” he advised.
«Russia is an archaic state that ties its actions to certain dates, it is a kind of obsession. They hate us and they will try to increase the number of bombardments of our cities, including kyiv, with cruise missiles”, said Mijailo Podoliak, adviser to the Presidency, who will pay attention to any event in the coming days, especially on the 24th, when Ukraine, on the one hand, celebrates its independence from the USSR and, on the other, regrets that six months have already passed since the Russian invasion.
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