Occasions to mark Ukraine’s Independence Day on Wednesday have been banned within the nation’s capital, Kyiv, and second-largest metropolis, Kharkiv, as officers warn that Russia might perform missile assaults.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Saturday that Russia is likely to be planning one thing “ugly” to coincide with the day, which is able to mark 31 years since Ukraine broke its ties with the Soviet Union.
“We should all remember that this week Russia may attempt to do one thing notably ugly, one thing notably vicious,” Zelensky mentioned in a video message.
In Kyiv, town army administration issued a ban on all gatherings between Monday and Thursday, saying “it’s forbidden to carry mass occasions, peaceable conferences, rallies and different occasions associated to a big gathering of individuals.”
Basic Mykola Zhyrnov, head of Kyiv’s army administration, mentioned that the order was imposed in order that safety forces may reply in a “well timed method to threats of missile and bomb assaults by the troops of the Russian Federation on decision-making facilities, army amenities, protection trade amenities, crucial infrastructure and close by residential areas.”
Zhynov mentioned he had ordered metropolis authorities to make use of the minimal crucial variety of officers, civil servants and staff to make sure transport and different companies.
In Kharkiv, the place relentless, indiscriminate Russian assaults killed and injured tons of of civilians within the first months of the conflict, authorities introduced a curfew from 7 p.m. native time on the eve of Independence Day to 7 a.m. on the day after.
“We ask that you simply perceive such measures and put together to remain at residence and in shelters — that is our security,” authorities mentioned.
Natalia Humeniuk, a spokesperson for Ukraine’s southern army command, mentioned Sunday that “the date of our independence and the anniversary of the invasion, half a 12 months, coincide — it’s the twenty fourth. And there’s Ukrainian flag day, on the twenty third. We’re prepared for the truth that there might be a rise in some type of aggression, there might be a rise in missile assaults.”
Within the final week, Ukrainian officers have mentioned that extra Russian missiles have been deployed at an airbase in Belarus.