Russia attacks South Ukraine, including Zaporizhzhia, given Ukraine’s Independence Day

- US warns of fresh attacks  

Russia attacks South Ukraine, including Zaporizhzhia, given Ukraine’s Independence Day

Moscow/Kyiv – Ukraine celebrated its Independence Day on Wednesday, and Russia has launched massive attacks against this background. On Monday and early Tuesday morning, Russia launched heavy attacks in Kherson, Mykolaiv, Odessa and Dnipropetrovsk provinces, along with Zaporizhzhia. It targeted Ukraine’s military bases, logistics routes, power stations and weapons stockpiles. Besides, the US has warned that Russia will launch more massive and aggressive attacks in the coming days.  

Independence Day, UkraineUkrainian forces have launched counterattacks in Russian-held areas in the past few days. Moreover, Ukraine had intensified its campaign against Russia with increasing aid from the West. Under this, attacks were also carried out in the Russia-held Crimea province. There were also claims that Ukraine had regained parts of the Kherson province. Russia had failed to forge ahead in the Donbas region during the same period. The shocks that hit one after the other had caused upheaval in Russian circles.  

But in the last two three days, Russia seems to have started to change this picture again. The intensity and scope of the attacks have increased from Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine to Odessa in southern Ukraine. Missiles, rockets and artillery fire have been consistently occurring in south Ukraine for the past two days.  

Russia is said to have used Su-35 fighter jets, Kh-59 missiles and S-300 systems for missile attacks. Ukrainian officials, too, have acknowledged Russia’s increased attacks and said Russian forces had some success.  

Ukraine’s Independence Day on Wednesday, August 24, is said to be one of the reasons behind these increasing attacks by Russia. The President of Ukraine has already warned that Russia will carry out large-scale and intense attacks in the background of this day. The US has also confirmed it and issued an alert for its citizens in Ukraine. It contains caution against Russian attacks and directions to retreat if possible.  

Meanwhile, the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, a prime country in the European Union and a neighbouring country of Ukraine, visited Ukraine on Tuesday. At this time, sources informed that he held talks with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky regarding economic and humanitarian assistance and military cooperation. Poland has stepped forward as an aggressive supporter of Ukraine and has been trying hard for NATO and Europe to build a lead against Russia. 

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