Ahead of Ukraine’s 31st Independence Day, Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky warns of an ugly, vicious attack by Russia. This warning comes after Russian forces attacked the southern and eastern part of the country, shelling near Europe’s biggest nuclear plant in Ukraine.
In his nightly video address, President Zelensky urged the citizens to not let Russia spread fear and despondency ahead of the occasion. 24th August is celebrated as Independence Day in Ukraine marking its independence from Soviet rule. This year, the day would also mark 6 months of the Russian invasion in Ukraine.
Ukraine has seen several overnight Russian strikes in the past few weeks across the country, especially to the eastern and southern part of the country. Ukraine’s second largest city Kharkiv, which is a frequent target for strikes has been imposed with a nightly curfew which would be extended to the entire day on Wednesday.
Several areas in and around Ukraine have seen fierce attacks over the past few weeks, including Black Sea, Donbas, Kherson and Mykoliav. The largest nuclear plant in Europe, present in the Ukrainian city Nikopol was also shelled on five different occasions by Russian military.