Volodymyr Zelensky fears Russia could do “something particularly cruel” next week

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2022-08-21 16:42:00

In Ukraine, the anniversary of the country’s independence is celebrated on August 24, and August 23 is National Flag Day. In addition, the second summit of the Crimean Platform initiative in Kyiv will be held next week.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky believes that next week Russia may try to “commit some particularly cruel acts”. The head of state spoke about this in his message published this weekend. He reminded that Ukraine celebrates the anniversary of the country’s independence on August 24, and August 23 is the National Flag Day. In addition, the second summit of the Crimean Platform initiative in Kyiv will be held next week. “We have to be aware that this week Russia may try something particularly ugly, something particularly cruel. Such is our enemy, because even during the last six months, on any other week, Russia has always done the same: ugly and cruel,” Zelenskiy was quoted as saying by Ukraine Pravda.

According to him, Russia’s goal is to humiliate Ukrainians, devalue their abilities and heroes, and to spread discouragement, fear and incite conflict in the country. “That’s why it’s important that we never give in to this hostile pressure for a minute, don’t pull ourselves up, don’t show weakness. We have to stick together and help each other. We will restore what was destroyed, we will fight for all our people, and we will support those who are now representing Ukraine,” said Zelensky, mentioning by name professional boxer Oleksandr Uszik, who defeated his opponent, Anthony Joshua, in a match in Saudi Arabia over the weekend.

Serhiy Bratchuk, the spokesman for the governor’s office of Odesa County in southern Ukraine, reported on Telegram that on Sunday morning, Russian forces fired five missiles at the region from the Black Sea. The Ukrainian air defense destroyed two in the air, three crashed in the territory of an agricultural company near Odessa, also hitting a grain storage. There were no personal injuries. Dmytro Zhivitkiy, the governor of the northeastern Sumy county, reported on Sunday that the Russian forces had fired at four small areas in the region the previous day, and no personal injuries were reported there either.

From the Sunday morning battlefield situation report of the Ukrainian General Staff, Ukrainska Pravda highlighted that, according to information from the military leadership in Kyiv, Russia is transferring its air defense equipment to Belarus. The area of ​​Kharkiv has been under constant fire in the past day, among other things, with rocket launchers and airplanes, Zaporizhzhia County was also attacked, and fighting continues in the Donetsk basin in the direction of Sloviansk, Kramatorsk, Donetsk, Avgyijivka and Bakhmut. Russian forces carried out offensive operations towards the settlement of Vasilka in the southern Mykolaiv County.

In its latest summary, the Ukrainian General Staff claimed that approximately 45,200 Russian soldiers had lost their lives in Ukraine so far. According to official data, Ukrainian forces destroyed 234 Russian aircraft, 197 helicopters, 15 warships, 1,912 tanks, 4,224 armored fighting vehicles, 1,028 artillery and 141 air defense systems, and 266 rocket launchers.

The Southern Command of the Ukrainian Air Force reported that three Russian reconnaissance drones were shot down over Kherson County. In a statement published on Telegram, the Security Service of Ukraine (SZBU) pointed out that, based on the data so far, only one of the twenty missile strikes against Ukraine hit military installations, while the rest hit civilian infrastructure. “During six months of full-scale war, the world saw the cruel face of the Kremlin: thousands of dead Ukrainians, destroyed homes, children who lost their parents. Only every twentieth missile attack by the Russian Federation was carried out against military facilities, the remaining 19 hit residential buildings, schools, hospitals, universities, facilities that the Ukrainians built and created with their own hands, and from which their peaceful life consisted,” the SZBU stated. The security service stated that “no bloody crime of Russian terrorists will go unpunished”.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian military intelligence reported that the Russians occupying the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant have extended the “weekend” for Ukrainian personnel indefinitely, which may indicate an intention to shut down the power plant. The company Enerhoatom, which operates nuclear power plants in Ukraine, announced on Friday that it has obtained information according to which the Russians will shut down the operating energy blocks of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear facility in the near future, and the nuclear power plant will be disconnected from the lines providing power to the Ukrainian energy system.

According to Ukrainian intelligence, some of the Rosatom representatives were sent back to the power plant. In addition, a contingent of occupying forces, as well as many weapons and ammunition, remained on the premises of the facility.

Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.

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