Russia will try to increase the number of its missile attacks on Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kyiv, on Aug 24, Ukraine's Independence Day, adviser to the head of the Office of the President Mykhailo Podolyak said on Ukrainian national TV on Aug 21.
“Russia is an archaic state, and it ties its actions to certain dates,” said Podolyak. “They have this obsessive thinking that something needs to be done to make people feel bad. They hate us, so they will try to increase the number of cruise missile attacks on a number of our cities on Aug 23-24. Kyiv will be on the list of these cities of course."
Podolyak said that the Russian invasion forces want to take revenge for their failures in Ukraine.
“They want to receive compensation for these six months,” he said. “For the fact they have no reputation left in the world. For the ‘hot’ season in Crimea (a reference to the recent explosions on the peninsula), for the resilience that Ukraine demonstrates. Therefore they will simply increase the number of attacks on our cities.”
Podolyak also urged people not to ignore the air raid alerts and to use bomb shelters.
Ukraine will celebrate the 31st anniversary of the restoration of independence on Aug. 24.
At the end of July, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that Ukraine will celebrate the Independence Day despite the war.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov said the Ukrainian security forces are aware of possible Russian provocations on Independence Day and are working to neutralize them.
The Interior Ministry also urged Ukrainians to be vigilant and not ignore air raid warnings before Ukrainian Independence Day and on the day itself.
The Belaruski Gayun monitoring group reported on Aug. 15 that Russia had amassed significant forces in Belarus, probably for a massive missile attack on Ukraine.
Ukraine’s General Staff on Aug. 16 reported similar risks, noting there was "a threat of missile and air strikes by the Russian army from Belarusian territory."
In addition, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, said that Ukraine was concerned by "the placing of missile systems along the state border with the Republic of Belarus, including at the Zyabrovka airfield."