Ukraine commemorated its 31st independence day after its release from the Soviet Union on Wednesday (24/8/2022) amid an unfavorable situation in the face of the increasingly crazier Russian threat.
Kyiv and the United States believe Russia is preparing for a new offensive during the celebration of Ukraine’s independence. This independence anniversary is known to coincide with the six months of the Russian invasion which took place on February 24, 2022.
President Volodymyr Zelensky has also repeatedly reminded his citizens of the threat of Russian “malicious attacks” on the independence day.
Tuesday (8/23/2022) evening local time, Zelensky cautioned his citizens to remain vigilant about possible “disgusting Russian provocations”. Authorities also warned the public to take seriously any airstrikes warnings.
The government has even banned its citizens from holding events commemorating the independence anniversary in any form, especially in Kyiv and Kharkiv, which are the second largest cities in this former Soviet Union country.
In Kyiv, the city government has issued a ban on all large gatherings from Monday-Thursday this week.
“It is forbidden to hold mass events, peaceful gatherings, rallies and other events related to large gatherings of people,” kyiv city government warned.
Meanwhile in Kharkiv, the authorities imposed a curfew which started at 7:00 p.m. local time. The curfew is in effect the day before the anniversary of Ukraine’s independence until the next day.
Kharkiv, which is the largest city in the country, suffered russian attacks indiscriminately. Many civilians were killed and injured since the beginning of the invasion of Moscow.
“We ask that you understand the measures and be prepared to stay at home and in shelters – this is our safety,” authorities said.
U.S. ASKS ITS CITIZENS TO LEAVE UKRAINE IMMEDIATELY
The United States has issued a warning for all its citizens still in Ukraine to leave the country immediately. This is in anticipation of the Russian attack.
The Russia vs Ukraine conflict is known to have left thousands of civilians dead, forcing a third of the country’s more than 41 million population to flee to affect the world economy.
Although negotiations have been carried out several times, the two countries do not seem to have found an agreement to stop the war.