Ukraine will give a strong response in the event of an increase in the number of Russian missile strikes on Aug 23-24, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said during a press-conference on Aug 23.
“What will Ukraine do if they attack Kyiv?,” Zelenskyy said at a press conference with visiting Polish President Andrzej Duda.
“The same thing we do now. ... If we are hit, we hit back in response. And it will be a powerful response."
Zelensky added that this response would scale up every day. “It will get stronger and stronger,” the Ukrainian president said.
He also said that there is a threat of an increase in missile strikes, but these happen every day.
“The threat remains,” Zelenskyy said. “It is a daily threat I believe. Is there any additional information? We know the priorities in terms of infrastructure facilities or state institutions, but I don't see that much has changed.”
“Since the first day of the war, Russia has been doing this all the time. Can they increase the number of these hits? Yes, they can do it on the 23rd-24th of Aug. This is all the information I have. I have no other information.”
At the end of July, President Zelenskyy announced that Ukraine would celebrate the current Independence Day on Aug 24, despite the war.
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov said that the Ukrainian forces are aware of the possible Russian provocations on Independence Day and are working to prevent them.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs urged Ukrainians to be vigilant and not ignore air raid alarms before and on Independence Day due to possible enemy attacks. The Ukrainian military’s South Operational Command reported that on the eve of the Independence Day of Ukraine Russia was increasing the number of its missile carriers on station in the Black Sea.
The Belarusky Gayun monitoring group reported on Aug. 15 that Russia had amassed significant forces in Belarus, probably for a massive missile attack on Ukraine. Similar risks were reported on Aug. 16 by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, noting "the threat of missile and air strikes by the Russian forces of invasion from Belarusian territory."
In addition, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi said that Ukraine's was concerned “by the placing of missile systems along the state border from the Republic of Belarus, including at the Zyabrovka airfield (in Belarus).”