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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi declared the «Day of Uniting» on 16 February, which was reported in Western media as the date of a potential Russian invasion. He announced this in a statement issued on the evening of 14 February.
On Wednesday, the state flag will be raised in houses of all cities, villages and other settlements, the Ukrainian national anthem will be played at 10:00, and foreign diplomatic institutions should hold «image events» to unite and support Ukraine.
Notably, this would be the second holiday (Den’ yednannia) emphasising the integrity of the Ukrainian nation. 22 January is celebrated annually as the «Day of Unity» (Den’ sobornosti) that commemorates the Unification act between the Ukrainian People’s Republic and the Western Ukrainian People’s Republic signed in 1919.
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«We are told that 16 February will be the day of the attack. We will make it the Day of Uniting. The relevant decree has already been signed. On this day, we will hang out national flags, put on blue and yellow ribbons and show the world our unity,» – Volodymyr Zelenskyi said in his address to Ukrainians.
In addition, the President noted that the Ukrainian government «clearly understands all the challenges faced by the state and is ready for them.» Earlier, citing their own sources in the US law enforcement agencies, foreign media reported that the Russian offensive on Ukraine could begin 16 February.
«We are intimidated by the great war and the date of the military invasion is set again. This is not the first time. We understand all the risks... We are constantly monitoring the situation, calculating different scenarios, preparing worthy responses to all possible aggressive actions,» – he added.
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We will add that the representatives of culture – writers, artists, performers, and scientists – appealed to world leaders for peace. They say they want Ukrainians to visit theatres peacefully, go to museums, read books, watch movies and work at their favourite jobs.
Given that hostile military forces have surrounded democratic Ukraine and its freedom-loving people, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishops in the United States, led by Bishop Borys Gudziak, have called on the faithful and all people of good will to pray and fast for peace in Ukraine until Tuesday, 15 February.
Translated by Vitalii Holich
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