Kyiv: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned Moscow on Tuesday of a powerful response if Russian forces carried out attacks on or around Ukraine’s independence day.
Zelenskyy has warned that Russia, which invaded Ukraine on February 24, could attempt ‘something particularly ugly’ ahead of Wednesday’s Independence Day, which marks Ukraine’s break with the regime Soviet.
Interviewed during a press conference with the visiting Polish president Andrzej Duda about the possibility of a Russian missile strike on Kyivhe said there was a daily threat of attacks and that Ukrainian intelligence was working with foreign intelligence.
“Russia does this all the time. Can they increase the number of these strikes? Yes, they can do this on 23 and 24 (August),” Zelenskyy said.
“What will Ukraine do if it hits Kyiv? The same as now. Because for me as president, and for every Ukrainian, Kyiv, Chernihiv, Donbass is the same thing. Ukrainians live there . (and) Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia.”
He said the response would be the same for any Ukrainian city attacked by Russia.
“If they hit us, they’ll get a response, a powerful response,” Zelenskyy said. “I mean every day that response will grow, it will get stronger and stronger.”



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