Victory Day celebrations curtailed because of fears of war, violence
by The Daily Lede
For the first time in the history of independent Ukraine, Victory Day celebrations will be held in a war-like atmosphere as fears of a full-scale Russian invasion remain.
Consequently, Ukraine has curtailed events on May 9 – which is when the defeat of Nazi Germany is celebrated in the former Soviet Union. Parades, public prayers and a festival at Spivoche Pole were cut out.
Foreign embassies are warning their citizens about traveling in Ukraine, while Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) says the nation’s eastern oblasts remain vulnerable to attacks by Kremlin-backed separatists. Additionally, the SBU says that western and central regions could face danger, too.
Volodymyr Bondarenko, the head of Kyiv City State Administration, doesn’t rule out attempts to destabilize the capital city as well.
“These days are very convenient for provocateurs. Taking into consideration that Ukrainian-Russian borders are very easy to pass, the question about “Putin’s tourists” becomes very urgent,” Bondarenko said.