NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! As Ukraine’s Independence Day approaches, the United States issued a warning on Tuesday that it believes Russia is “stepping up efforts” to launch missile attacks on Ukraine.
The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine issued a warning, saying, “The Department of State has information that Russia is ratcheting up attempts to launch strikes against Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure and government buildings in the coming days.”
On Wednesday, Ukraine’s Independence Day, which falls on the same day as the six-month anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, officials are concerned that Russia would seize the opportunity to step up its aggression beyond the frontlines.
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According to the embassy, “Russian strikes in Ukraine continue to pose a threat to civilians and civilian infrastructure,” and all Americans are being urged to promptly depart Ukraine utilizing private transportation.
The announcement, which is the first of its sort in recent months, came the day after Kyiv forbade capital city Independence Day celebrations out of worry that Russia may target the large crowds.
On Wednesday, Ukraine will have been out of the Soviet Union for 31 years, but there won’t be any public celebrations because Kyiv banned large gatherings and reiterated reminders to listen for air-raid sirens in response to the increased threat.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, promised a “strong response” on Tuesday if Russia did intensify its attacks over the next two days.
But he issued a foreboding statement over the weekend, saying, “We should be aware that Russia may try to do something extremely horrible, something particularly vicious, this week.”
Rebekah Koffler, a former intelligence officer in Russian doctrine and strategy for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), echoed these worries and claimed on Fox News Digital that Russia holds Kyiv responsible for the recent attacks in Crimea as well as the car bombing that killed the daughter of a key Putin ally.
According to Koffler, “Russia virtually likely plans to step up its offensive activities against Ukraine.” “The Russians think Ukraine is behind these assaults.
She forewarned that “Putin will probably exploit these events as grounds for ratcheting up bombardment of Ukraine, possibly even the capital Kyiv.”
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Throughout its invasion, Russia has frequently used heavy artillery and missile fire to hit both military and civilian targets.
While approximately 3,500 cruise missiles have hit Ukrainian sites, according to Zelenskyy on Tuesday, it is “absolutely impossible” to estimate how many artillery strikes Russian forces have launched on Ukraine.