Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday declared February 16 as “the day of Unity.”
“We declare this is the day of Unity. The necessary decision was signed,” said Volodymyr Zelensky in a video message posted on social media.
It came as reports in United States media claimed President Joe Biden told leaders of Western allies that Russia could attack Ukraine on February 16.
“On that day we will hang our national flags, carry our yellow- blue ribbons and show our whole unity world“, said Zelensky.
Tensions between Russia, Ukraine and the West have escalated over the weekend after western media reports claimed that Moscow could launch a attack on Ukraine on Wednesday.
Moscow recently amassed more more than 100,000 troops near Ukraine, raising fears the Kremlin is planning another military offensive against son former Soviet neighbor.
Russia denied it was preparing to invade and blamed the West countries of compromising its security by the expansion of NATO towards its borders.
The Kremlin also issued a list of demands for security from the West, including a rollback of troop deployments from certain ex-Soviet states, and ensures that Ukraine and Georgia do not join NATO.