Tue. Jun 18th, 2024

Wednesday, as Ukraine celebrated its Independence Day and marked the six-month mark of the war, the nation braced apprehensively for what President Volodymr Zelensky warned could be particularly brutal Russian attacks. However, the country’s capital was deemed too dangerous for any significant public celebrations due to the volatile security situation.
Air-raid sirens awakened Kyiv residents up, but no assaults occurred right away. Because of concerns that the national holiday would bring unusually severe Russian missile assaults, authorities in the Ukrainian capital have prohibited big gatherings until Thursday

Zelensky said in a speech that “brutal attacks and Russian provocations are a possibility.” “Please adhere closely to the safety regulations. Respect the curfew, please. Keep an eye out for the air horns. Pay heed to what the government says. Also, keep in mind that everyone must work together to win.

A military parade honoring Ukraine’s 30th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union drew large crowds to Kyiv last year. Only a few locals gathered in Kyiv’s main plaza this year, where the national anthem is performed daily at 7 a.m. and where wrecked Russian tanks and mobile artillery were shown over the weekend.

A retiree who only gave her first name, Tetyana, said, “I can’t sleep at night because of what I see and hear about what is being done in Ukraine,” her voice quivering with sorrow.

This isn’t a battle. The Ukrainian people are being destroyed, she said.

Ukraine’s proclamation of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 is honored on Wednesday.

“Russia declared war on us six months ago. On February 24, all of Ukraine heard gunfire and explosions. We were informed on February 24 that we had no chance. On August 24, we wish Ukraine a happy independence day. In a statement on Independence Day, Zelensky remarked.

In order to provide the Ukrainian military the ability to fight for years to come, President Biden announced that he was giving approximately $3 billion in fresh military assistance to Ukraine. According to Biden, the financing would enable the nation to purchase artillery, air defense, and other weaponry.

As millions of people have been uprooted from their homes, many have been murdered or injured, and countless more have been victims of Russian crimes and assaults, Biden stated, “I know this Independence Day is bittersweet for many Ukrainians.” However, the six months of constant assaults have only boosted Ukrainians’ pride in their nation, themselves, and their 31 years of independence.

Leaders from Europe also observed the event by declaring their steadfast support for Ukraine and honoring the sacrifices made by its people.

Ukraine “will chase away the dark shadow of war because it is strong and courageous, because it has supporters in Europe and all around the globe,” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in a statement denouncing the Kremlin’s “backward imperialism.”

The 29-year-old daughter of right-wing political theorist Alexander Dugin was murdered in a vehicle bombing outside of Moscow on Saturday, which heightened concerns that Russia may step up its operations on Ukraine this week.

The murder of nationalist Russian TV broadcaster Darya Dugina has been attributed by Russian authorities to Ukraine. Her father, who was generally thought to have been the intended target, had just left a patriotic gathering when the vehicle bomb detonated. Any participation has been denied by the Ukrainian government.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the order to send tens of thousands of soldiers into Ukraine. The surprisingly fierce Ukrainian opposition Moscow’s soldiers faced throughout the six months of war upended Ukrainian society and sent shockwaves across the global economy.

Speaking Wednesday at a gathering of defense ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a security organization controlled by Russia and China, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Moscow’s military action was moving slowly in an attempt to save people.

Cities with civilian areas have often come under attack by Russian troops, including hospitals and a Mariupol theater where hundreds of people were seeking refuge.

However, Shoigu said that “precise weapon attacks are conducted against the military infrastructure of the Ukrainian armed forces. Civilian casualties are avoided at all costs. Undoubtedly, it slows down the offensive’s speed, but we do it on purpose.

Additionally, he lambasted the United States and its allies for “continuing to pour weaponry into Ukraine,” claiming that this prolongs the war and raises the death toll.

The combat rages on in the heart of the Russian invasion in eastern Ukraine. Over a 24-hour period, Russian soldiers attacked a number of towns and villages in the Donetsk province, the regional government said. One person was killed and two others were injured.

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Russian soldiers fired Nikopol and Marhanets once again in the Dnipropetrovsk area on the southern front, destroying a number of structures and wounded two persons, according to governor Valentyn Reznichenko. Additionally, Russian soldiers bombarded the city of Zaporizhzhia, causing some infrastructure and building damage but no deaths.