Ukraine will be celebrating its independence from Russia on Wednesday, which also marks six months since Moscow’s invasion. President Poroshenko has warned that Russia may do something “particularly cruel” in response.
We should be aware that Russia may try to do something particularly nasty and cruel this week, he warned, without going into specifics.
On Wednesday, Ukrainians will commemorate the country’s 31st Independence Day, marking six months since Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine on February 24, which the Kremlin calls a “special military operation.”
The Ukrainian president has expressed concern that Russia might do something “particularly cruel” on Wednesday, the country’s Independence Day and the six-month anniversary of the Russian invasion.
On the eve of Ukraine’s celebration of its independence from Soviet rule on August 24, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged his countrymen in his Saturday night address to be courageous and persistent.
Without going into specifics, he warned, “We should be aware that this week Russia may try to do something particularly nasty, something particularly cruel.”
One of Russia’s main goals, he claimed, is “to devalue our capabilities” and sow discord and anxiety among people.
Therefore, it is crucial to resist the temptation to psych oneself out or give in to the enemy’s bullying at any time.
This Wednesday, Ukraine will celebrate its 31st Independence Day, marking six months since Russia’s unprovoked invasion, which it calls a “special military operation.”
Zelenskyy said in his video message that “the war that changed everything for Ukraine, for Europe, and for the world” is nearing a major milestone: six months since its full-scale invasion.
Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine:
On the outskirts of Moscow, the daughter of a close ally of Putin was killed in a car bombing.
The Crimean base of Russia’s Black Sea fleet is struck by a drone.
The United States is buying a large grain shipment from Ukraine to feed starving areas.
The boots and T-shirts of Ukraine’s armed forces are almost worn out.
Recent reports indicate that Russian military facilities continue to explode.
Until August 15th, over 5,500 civilians had been killed and nearly 7,700 injured in Ukraine, according to the United Nations Human Rights Office.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights found that “most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons with wide area effects,” such as heavy artillery shelling, multiple launch rocket systems, missiles, and air strikes.
Separately, Russian state media claimed that Ukrainian forces had fired artillery at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia. The nuclear plant, located in the southeastern town of Enerhodar, was taken by Moscow at the outset of the war.
According to RIA Novosti, a Russian state-owned news agency, Ukrainian forces have been regularly attacking the Zaporizhzhia facility, increasing the likelihood of a global nuclear disaster, in recent weeks.
Russia and Ukraine have both blamed the other for shelling the power plant, but both have been accused of doing so.
The NBC news reported early Saturday that a drone attack had destroyed the Russian Black Sea fleet’s headquarters in occupied Crimea.
Sevatsopol, Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014, is the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.
Russian-appointed governor of occupied Crimea Mikhail Razvozhayev said on Telegram, “A drone flew to the roof.”
NBC News was unable to confirm photos and a video purporting to show a huge cloud of smoke rising from the fleet’s command center.
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