Russia launched long-range attacks against nearly 60 Ukrainian cities and towns during the country’s Independence Day commemorations on Aug. 24, Deputy Interior Minister Yevhen Yenin told Ukrainian TV broadcaster 1+1.
“Aug. 24 is a sacred date for Russia, and it didn’t hesitate to use it for their brutal means,” said Yenin.
“Moscow worked to mar our celebration, with maniacal fervor. Police documented the shelling of 58 settlements yesterday – a much higher number than usual. Dozens of people were killed and injured in those attacks.”
Additionally, a barrage of false bomb threats spread across the country.
“Phone terrorists reported bombs planted at railway stations in Vinnytsia, Rivne, and Khmelnytskyi,” the official added.
“Other anonymous bomb threats came in Lviv, Mukacheve, Dnipro. We’re talking 17 total bomb threats, concerning 118 buildings.”
Nearly 3,800 people were evacuated due to these false threats, Yenin reported.
As Ukraine was celebrating the 31st anniversary of its independence on Aug. 24, Russia launched a flurry of long-range missiles at targets across the country, with 189 air raid alerts active around Ukraine throughout the day – a record in the six months of Russia’s full-scale invasion.