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Air strike sirens sounded across much of Ukraine on Wednesday as Russian rockets hit regions of the battered country on its Independence Day.
Eruptions were reported in the Chernihiv region to the north-east of Kyiv and in the south-east of Poltava Dnipropetrovsk. Ukrainian officials warned residents not to organize large gatherings to celebrate the holiday amid fears of Russian attacks, and plans for mass gatherings were canceled in several cities.
The residents of Kyiv woke up to air raid sirens, but there was no immediate air strike. The capital has been spared a large-scale attack in recent months, with the Peace conflict largely fought in the east and south.
President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Ukrainians to observe the curfew and pay attention to the sirens.
“There is a possibility of Russian provocation and brutal attack. Please strictly follow the security rules,” Zelensky said.
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Pope Francis marked the half-anniversary of the invasion by condemning the war as “insanity” and mourning the high price innocent civilians on both sides were paying.
The US issued a security alert citing “information that Russia is intensifying efforts to launch attacks against Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure and government facilities in the coming days.”
The Biden administration on Wednesday announced nearly $3 billion in long-term aid to train and equip Ukrainian forces struggling to defeat the Russian offensive that began six months ago today. the White House said $2.98 billion will provide weapons and equipment, allowing Ukraine to acquire air defense systems, artillery systems and munitions, counter-unmanned aerial systems and radars to ensure it continues to defend itself over the long term Can you
President Biden said in a statement, “I know this Independence Day is bitter for many Ukrainians as thousands have been killed or injured, millions displaced from their homes and many other victims of Russian atrocities and attacks.” Has happened.” “But six months of relentless attacks have cemented the pride of the Ukrainian people in themselves, in their country and in their 31 years of independence.
Ukrainian Finance Minister Sergei Marchenko called the grant “an . Told important gift to our country,
European leaders pledged support for Ukraine on its Independence Day. The leaders paid tribute to the sacrifice and courage of the people of Ukraine, expressed their resolve to continue supplying arms to Ukraine and condemned Moscow for attacking the neighboring country. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz rebuked the Kremlin and predicted that Ukraine “will drive away the specter of war because it is strong and brave, because it has friends in Europe and around the world.” French President Emmanuel Macron said in a video message that protecting Ukraine meant “allowing international relations to be ruled by violence and anarchy.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted a photo from his visit with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv: “What happens in Ukraine matters to all of us. That’s why I’m in Kyiv today. That’s why the UK Will stand by our Ukrainian. Friends, I believe Ukraine can and will win this war.”
Estonian Foreign Affairs Minister Urmas Rensalu dismissed as “provocative” the Kremlin’s claims that the perpetrator of a deadly car bombing outside Moscow had fled to Estonia.
Reinsalu said on Estonian TV that the claim was the latest “in a very long line of provocations by the Russian Federation.” This claim was an attempt by the Russian regime to pressure Estonia to support Ukraine in the war, Reinsalu.
The US State Department issued an alert on Tuesday urging Americans to “leave Ukraine now”, citing concerns that Russia would increase missile attacks on civilian and government structures.
The warning comes amid public outrage in Russia over a car bomb that killed a radical Russian commentator outside Moscow on Saturday night. Hundreds of people lined up on Tuesday to pay tribute to Daria Dugina, 29, the daughter of right-wing Russian political philosopher Alexander Dugin, who was widely believed to be a targeted target.
Ukraine banned large public gatherings, planned for Ukraine’s Independence Day on Wednesday, which marks its 1991 separation from the Soviet Union. However, President Volodymyr Zelensky was defiant at a Flag Day event on Tuesday.
“No one wants to die, but no one is afraid of Russia, and this is the most important sign,” he said.
Contribution: The Associated Press