Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Ukraine President had asked the countrymen to fly flags and sing the national anthem on Feb 16. This date is being assumed when Russia could invade Ukraine, by some Western media.
The news: As President Zelenskiy asked for a peace-oriented act, a few Ukrainian government officials have suggested that Zelenskiy did not predict an attack by Russia but instead he responded to the foreign media reports.
- While addressing the nation Zlenskiy said, “They tell us Feb 16 will be the day of the attack. We will make it a day of unity. They are trying to frighten us by yet again naming a date for the start of military action.”
- He further stated, “On that day, we will hang our national flags, wear yellow and blue banners, and show the whole world our unity.”
What is going on: While Zelenskiy believes Russia is threatening to attack his country, he also believes Western allies have exaggerated the likelihood of an imminent invasion in response to Moscow’s efforts to intimidate Ukraine and sow panic.
- According to Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Zelenskiy’s chief of staff, the president was responding to media reports about the potential date of the invasion “ironically.”
What are they saying: “It’s understandable that Ukrainians are skeptical about various specific dates of the so-called ‘start of the invasion’ announced in the media,” Zelenskiy said. “When the ‘invasion’ becomes a rolling tour date, such media announcements can only be taken ironically.”
- On Wednesday, Zelenskiy’s office issued a decree requiring all villages and towns in Ukraine to fly the national flag and sing the national anthem at 10 a.m. It also called for pay raises for soldiers and border guards.
Officials in the United States said they were not predicting a specific day for an attack ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, but issued repeated warnings that it could happen at any time.