Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, announced Monday Russia plans to invade his country Wednesday as the U.S. announces it will evacuate the embassy in Kiev.
Zelensky’s announcement in a Facebook video comes after the Biden State Department said it is closing the Kiev Embassy and moving diplomatic relations to western Ukraine, Sky News reports.
“We are told that February 16 will be the day of attack,” Zelensky said in a video, according to Breaking 911.
“We will make it a union day. The decree has already been signed. This afternoon we will hang national flags, put on blue-yellow ribbons and show the world our unity,” he said. “14 thousand defenders and civilians who died in this war are watching us from the sky. And we will not betray their memory.”