Situation report day 182
August 24, 2022 - People in Ukraine are marking the country’s Independence Day amid tight security measures because of fears of renewed Russian strikes. It comes on the same day as Russia’s invasion of the country reaches the sixth-month mark.
Independence Day in Kyiv usually sees a massive military parade through the city centre. But public gatherings are banned in the capital Kyiv and a curfew is in force in the front-line eastern city of Kharkiv, which has weathered months of shelling.
The war has killed thousands of civilians, forced over a third of Ukraine’s 41 million people from their homes, left cities in ruins and shaken global markets. It is largely at a standstill with no immediate prospect of peace talks.