Zelensky warns of ‘cruel’ Russian action around Independence Day

Russia could do something particularly “cruel” in the coming week as Ukraine celebrates 31 years of independence, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned.

“Russia might try to do something particularly disgusting, particularly cruel,” Zelensky said in his nightly speech Saturday night.

“One of the main objectives of the enemy is to humiliate us” and to “sow discouragement, fear and conflict”, but “we must be strong enough to resist any provocation” and “to make the occupiers pay for their terror,” he added. said.

Ukraine’s Independence Day, Wednesday August 24, will also mark six months since Russia invaded the former Soviet republic.

There has been speculation that Russia will try Ukrainian fighters captured in the siege of Mariupol to coincide with the anniversary of independence.

In the city of Kharkiv, in the northeast of the country, the governor announced a curfew from the evening of August 23 to the morning of August 25.

“We will not allow any provocation from the enemy. Be as vigilant as possible during our Independence Day,” Oleg Synegubov wrote on Telegram.

Kharkiv has been under regular Russian shelling for weeks and on Sunday emergency services said two more civilians were killed in overnight strikes.

Four civilians were reportedly killed by Russian fire in Donetsk, the region’s pro-Kyiv governor, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said.

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