Ukraine war: Unease as country marks independence day six months since Russian invasion

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Explosions reported as Ukraine begins independence day

In the early hours of 24 August, explosions rang out in several cities, including Kharkiv in the northeast, and Zaporizhzhia and Dnipro in central Ukraine, according to local authorities.

“Tomorrow is a important day for all of us – it is also, unfortunately, important for our enemy. We must be aware that disgusting Russian provocations and brutal strikes are possible,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his evening video address on Tuesday.

“And of course we will respond to any manifestation of Russian terrorism,” added the Ukrainian president, who made a similar warning last weekend.