8 May, 03:08 PM

Russia wants to conduct punitive provocations against Ukraine during May 9 celebrations, presidential advisor warns

Russia may be planning to conduct provocations, likely with renewed missile and shelling attacks against Ukrainian cities, during the May 9 Victory Day celebrations, presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak told Radio NV on May 7.

“A panicking Russia wants to do us a mischief exactly on May 8 or 9, so there will probably be some provocations," he said.

"For what? There are no military successes. All statements that 'we will bring Ukraine to its knees' are not true and will not be true."

According to Podolyak, Russia is gradually realizing that Ukraine is a powerful country to combat, and their invasion is developing bigger problems by the day. This is causing them to develop psychological complexes, which they will need to compensate in some way.

"They don't know how to fight,” Podolyak said.

“They will take their rockets and shell our cities again. They do it every day. I don't expect something so unconventional that can create a panic. I expect the Russians to behave like a classic Russian – to stab us in the back."

On May 7, the Reuters international news agency reported that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin will send a "doomsday" warning to the West when he leads celebrations on Monday, marking the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany.

An aerial fly-by over St Basil's Cathedral will include supersonic fighters, Tu-160 strategic bombers and, for the first time since 2010, the Il-80 "doomsday" command plane, which would carry Russia's top brass in the event of a nuclear war.

Earlier, CNN reported, citing unnamed U.S. and other Western officials, that on May 9, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin may declare war on Ukraine in place of the so-called "special military operation."

The head of Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate, Kyrylo Budanov in an interview with NV, also said that Russia plans to announce a mobilization on May 9.

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