President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Wednesday that Ukraine was reborn when Russia invaded six months ago as his nation celebrated its Independence Day amid concerns that Moscow may intensify its offensive.
To commemorate the event, Kyiv’s international friends gave plaudits and fresh commitments of military assistance. President Joe Biden announced a $3 billion package that he claimed would enable the nation to buy weapons to protect itself in the long run.
However, the celebrations were subdued as large-scale events were postponed and Ukrainians were urged to exercise caution in case Russia launched new attacks. Zelenskyy’s talk, though, was symbolic of a country celebrating its identity six months after its neighbor’s tanks crossed the border in an effort to obliterate it.
We were informed on February 24 that we had no chance. On August 24, we wish Ukraine a happy independence day. In an recorded video that broadcast early on the 31st anniversary of Ukraine’s freedom from Soviet domination, Zelenskyy made this statement.
The 44-year-old leader addressed Ukrainians while standing in Kyiv’s iconic Maidan Square while sporting his trademark military slacks. He said the country’s fortitude over the six months of conflict had changed it unlike anything else.
Finally, he remarked, we merged into one. a brand-new country that started on February 24 at 4 a.m. Reborn, not born.
Biden praised the “amazing courage” of Ukrainians while acknowledging the occasion’s bittersweetness. Among the other foreign leaders who took advantage of the occasion to commend Ukraine’s fortitude and make a commitment to support it for however long it needed were British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
The arrest of an opposition lawmaker brought attention to the domestic assault on dissent in Moscow as the Kremlin anticipated the war would be over long before it reached its final stages.
Zelenskyy had already issued a warning that Russia might carry out despicable provocations and terrible attacks on Wednesday. The US also claimed to have knowledge that Russia is speeding up its preparations to attack Ukraine’s government buildings and civilian infrastructure in the coming days.
From Kharkiv in the east to Lviv in the west, local officials have issued warnings urging citizens to pay more attention to air raid sirens, observe curfews, and work from home if at all possible.
Early on Wednesday, air raid sirens could be heard in Kyiv, which was otherwise peaceful. However, the procession of burned-out Russian military vehicles on show boldly in the middle of the city may have been the most powerful indication of the battle there.
After retaining control of Kyiv, Zelenskyy reaffirmed his commitment to retaking the eastern Donbas, where Russia currently controls substantial portions, and Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014. What does the war’s end mean for us? Peace, we used to say. Now we may declare victory, he stated in his speech.