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Ukraine Warns of Russian Attacks Ahead of Victory Day

After a night of new widespread Russian drone attacks, Ukraine is warning of what may lie ahead as Russia celebrates Victory Day. In the past 24 hours, Russia has shelled over 120 communities spread across ten Ukrainian regions, according to Ukraine’s Defense Ministry. At least three civilians have been killed and many more have been injured.

In Kiev, over 30 Iranian-made drones were shot down by the air defense. The capital’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, says the drone attack was the biggest since the start of the war, according to Ukrainian Interfax. During the beginning of May, Russia carried out a series of airstrikes against Kiev.

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Ukraine’s military intelligence service is now warning that the Russian army may launch more attacks on Tuesday. Then Russia celebrates the defeat of Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

– The holiday is one of the main elements of Putin’s ideology and of course the Russian propaganda becomes more intense these days, which means that the Russian army can be particularly active and try provocations, says spokesperson Andrij Yusov to the Kyiv Post.

Civilians are advised to pay attention to the flight alerts. The threat of new robot and drone attacks remains despite the recent shootings, according to Yusov.

Earlier, General Oleksandr Syrskyi, head of Ukraine’s ground forces, warned that Russia wants to take control of the city of Bachmut by Victory Day at the latest.

On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi proposed that the country rename its own holiday from Victory Day to Europe Day. To further distance himself from Russia, he wants to move the holiday from May 9 to May 8. It was then that Germany signed its capitulation in 1945. When the agreement came into force, the clock had passed midnight in Moscow, which means that Russia and several former Soviet states do not celebrate the victory on the same day as other European countries.

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