Ukrainians should be especially vigilant and not ignore air raid alerts on the eve and on Ukraine’s Independence Day due to the danger of possible Russian provocations and missile strikes, a Ukrainian government spokesman said Aug. 22.
“There is an increased threat of missile strikes and other provocations both inside the country and outside,” Andriy Yusov, a representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, said on Ukrainian national television.
“Russia and Putin’s regime attacked Ukraine’s independence and independent Ukraine. They’re really obsessed with dates and symbols, so it would be logical to play it safe and be ready for attacks on Independence Day,” Yusov said.
“Ukraine is ready for this. An air raid alert is a serious signal and should be heeded by everyone. Especially on these dates, it’s not just words, it’s necessary to be especially vigilant.”
Yusov added that Russia still has a large number of missiles.
“Russia still has a large number of missiles, even if they’re not high-precision, it’s true, they can do much more harm,” the official said.
“This won’t break either the spirit, or the will to resist, or the course of the war, which will end with the victory of Ukraine. We could say the entire arsenal will be used on the eve of these days.”
Yusov also said Ukraine was monitoring the number of Kalibr missiles ready for launch, and their carriers.
“The Kremlin is trying to intimidate Ukraine, the world, but I think it will fail,” headded.
At the end of July, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that Ukraine would 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.”