Ukraine braces for intensified attacks after Moscow car bomb killing

Ukraine is bracing itself for an intensification of Russian missile attacks to coincide with its independence day on Wednesday in the aftermath of the car-bomb killing of the daughter of an ultranationalist Russian ideologue.

The country’s military warned that Russia had put five cruise missile-bearing warships and submarines out in the Black Sea and that Moscow was positioning air defence systems in Belarus. Large gatherings have been banned in Kyiv for four days from Monday.

Overnight on Saturday, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy had warned that “Russia may try to do something particularly nasty, something particularly cruel” this week as the country celebrates its 31st anniversary of independence.

The country’s armed forces also warned on Sunday night that Russia had closed the airspace in the Russian border regions of Lipetsk, Voronezh and regions between 22 and 25 August.

Tensions between the two warring countries were at risk of heightening further after the…

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This article was written by Dan Sabbagh in Kyiv and Luke Harding and originally published on