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Preventing in Donbas ‘tough and painful’, Zelenskiy says

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has mentioned preventing within the jap areas of Bakhmut, Kreminna and different areas in Donbas are “tough and painful” for Ukrainian troops.

Addressing the scenario on the frontline in his Monday night time handle, he mentioned:

The frontline. Bakhmut, Kreminna and different areas in Donbas, which now require most energy and focus.

The scenario there’s tough, acute. The occupiers are utilizing all of the assets out there to them – and these are vital assets – to squeeze out not less than some advance.”

Donetsk regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko mentioned on Monday that greater than 60% of the infrastructure in the town of Bakhmut, which has been the positioning of intense preventing, is partially or totally destroyed.

“Russia is always shelling Bakhmut’s infrastructure. The enemy is conserving on scorched earth techniques,” he mentioned.

Volodymyr, 61, and Nataliia Bolias, 51, walk past an industrial building hit by a Russian missile strike in Bakhmut, Ukraine.
Volodymyr, 61, and Nataliia Bolias, 51, stroll previous an industrial constructing hit by a Russian missile strike in Bakhmut, Ukraine. {Photograph}: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ukraine’s jap navy command spokesperson, Serhiy Cherevaty, additionally mentioned that the Bakhmut and Avdiivka areas in Donetsk stay the websites of the heaviest hostilities. He reported that there have been 225 shellings from artillery and tanks within the Bakhmut space on Monday alone.

In the meantime, Ukraine’s navy mentioned dozens of cities within the Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson and Zaporizhzia areas have been shelled by Russian forces.

Within the Kherson area, Russia shelled populated areas alongside the precise financial institution of the Dnipro River, Ukraine’s navy mentioned.

Ukrainian forces have repelled Russian attacks in the areas of two settlements in the Luhansk region and six in the Donetsk region over the past 24 hours, the general staff of Ukraine’s armed forces said in this morning’s operational update.

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Russian forces launched two missile strikes and fired 44 multiple-launch rocket systems over the past day, it said.

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The update, posted on social media, reads:

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In the Volyn, Polissya, Siverskyi and Slobozhanskyi directions, the situation has not changed significantly, the enemy maintains a military presence along the state border, and no signs of the formation of its offensive groups have been detected.

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Meanwhile, Ukraine’s armed forces said a further 620 Russian servicemen were killed between 24 December and 27 December, bringing the total Russian losses to 103,220.

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It said:

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Russian enemy suffered the greatest losses (of the past day) at the Bakhmut and Lyman directions.

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It is not possible to verify this report.

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Hello everyone. It’s Léonie Chao-Fong taking over the Russia-Ukraine war live blog from Samantha Lock. Feel free to drop me a message if you have anything to flag, you can reach me on Twitter or via email.

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Over the last 48 hours, fighting in Ukraine has remained focused around the Bakhmut area of the Donetsk region, and near Svatove in Luhansk, according to the latest UK Ministry of Defence report.

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“Russia continues to initiate frequent small-scale assaults in these areas, although little territory has changed hands,” the report claims.

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“To the north, elements of Russia’s 1st Guards Tank Army were probably amongst the Russian forces recently deployed to Belarus. This formation was likely conducting training before its deployment and is unlikely to have the support units needed to make it combat-ready.”

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Ukraine is aiming to hold a peace summit by the end of February – preferably at the United Nations with its secretary general, António Guterres, as a possible mediator – according to its foreign minister.

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But Dmytro Kuleba said that Russia could only be invited if the country faced a war crimes tribunal first.

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Every war ends in a diplomatic way … Every war ends as a result of the actions taken on the battlefield and at the negotiating table.”

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Kuleba said the Ukrainian government would like to have a peace summit by the end of February, around the anniversary of Russia’s invasion.

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The United Nations could be the best venue for holding this summit, because this is not about making a favour to a certain country,” he said. “This is really about bringing everyone on board.”

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Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said fighting in the eastern regions of Bakhmut, Kreminna and other areas in Donbas are “difficult and painful” for Ukrainian troops.

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Addressing the situation on the frontline in his Monday night address, he said:

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The frontline. Bakhmut, Kreminna and other areas in Donbas, which now require maximum strength and concentration.

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The situation there is difficult, acute. The occupiers are using all the resources available to them – and these are significant resources – to squeeze out at least some advance.”

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Donetsk regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said on Monday that more than 60% of the infrastructure in the city of Bakhmut, which has been the site of intense fighting, is partially or fully destroyed.

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“Russia is constantly shelling Bakhmut’s infrastructure. The enemy is keeping on scorched earth tactics,” he said.

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Ukraine’s jap navy command spokesperson, Serhiy Cherevaty, additionally mentioned that the Bakhmut and Avdiivka areas in Donetsk stay the websites of the heaviest hostilities. He reported that there have been 225 shellings from artillery and tanks within the Bakhmut space on Monday alone.

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In the meantime, Ukraine’s navy mentioned dozens of cities within the Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson and Zaporizhzia areas have been shelled by Russian forces.

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Within the Kherson area, Russia shelled populated areas alongside the precise financial institution of the Dnipro River, Ukraine’s navy mentioned.

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Hello and welcome back to the Guardian’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine. I’m Samantha Lock and I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments as they unfold over the next few hours.

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Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said fighting in the eastern regions of Bakhmut, Kreminna and other areas in Donbas are “difficult and painful” for Ukrainian troops.

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The Donetsk regional governor, Pavlo Kyrylenko, added that more than 60% of the infrastructure in the city of Bakhmut has been partially or fully destroyed in a update on Monday.

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Despite the fighting, Ukraine’s foreign minister proposed to hold a peace summit by the end of February – preferably at the United Nations with its secretary general, António Guterres, as a possible mediator.

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For any updates or feedback you wish to share, please feel free to get in touch via email or Twitter.

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If you have just joined us, here are all the latest developments:

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  • Moscow has accused Ukraine of a deadly attack on an airbase that killed three Russian servicemen on Monday. Russia’s defence ministry claimed a Ukrainian drone was shot down on the approach to Engels base located about 300 miles away from the Ukrainian border but falling debris killed three service personnel. The Ukrainian government made no comment on the reported attacks.

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  • Ukraine’s military said dozens of towns in the Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson and Zaporizhzia regions were shelled by Russian forces. In the Kherson region, Russia shelled populated areas along the right bank of the Dnipro River, Ukraine’s military said. Zelenskiy said the frontline in Bakhmut, Kreminna and other areas in Donbas “now require maximum strength and concentration” in his Monday night address.

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  • Zelenskiy said power shortages were persisting, with nearly 9 million people remaining without electricity. “Shortages persist. Blackouts are continuing,” he said in his Monday night video address. “But the numbers and the length of the blackouts are gradually decreasing.”

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  • Ukraine should fulfil Moscow’s proposals for settlement for its own good or the Russian army will decide, Russia’s foreign minister has said. “Our proposals for the demilitarisation and denazification of the territories controlled by the regime, the elimination of threats to Russia’s security emanating from there, including our new lands, are well known to the enemy,” state news agency Tass quoted Sergei Lavrov as saying late on Monday. “The point is simple: fulfil them for your own good. Otherwise, the issue will be decided by the Russian army.”

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  • The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, hosted leaders of other former Soviet states in St Petersburg on Monday. In televised remarks Putin said threats to the security and stability of the Eurasian region were increasing. “Unfortunately challenges and threats in this area, especially from the outside, are only growing each year,” he said. “We also have to acknowledge unfortunately that disagreements also arise between member states of the commonwealth.”

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  • Ukraine’s foreign minister said Kyiv was aiming to have a peace summit by the end of February. Dmytro Kuleba suggested that the UN’s secretary general, António Guterres, could be the possible mediator for peace talks with Russia, though Russia could only be invited if the country faced a war crimes tribunal first. “The United Nations could be the best venue for holding this summit, because this is not about making a favour to a certain country. This is really about bringing everyone on board,” he said.

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  • Zelenskiy also said he sought India’s help with implementing a “peace formula” in a phone call with the country’s prime minister on Monday. “I had a phone call with PM Narendra Modi and wished a successful G20 presidency,” Zelenskiy wrote on Twitter. “It was on this platform that I announced the peace formula and now I count on India’s participation in its implementation.” The Indian government said in statement late on Monday that Modi “strongly reiterated” his call for an immediate end to hostilities in Ukraine and conveyed India’s support for any peace efforts.

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  • Russia’s FSB security service said a Ukrainian four-person “sabotage group” was “liquidated” while trying to enter the Bryansk region on Sunday, Russian state media reported. The alleged saboteurs were armed with foreign-made guns and four improvised explosive devices, the FSB said. There was no immediate comment on the incident from Ukraine.

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  • Ukraine has called for Russia to be removed as a permanent member of the security council. The foreign ministry said Russia had illegally occupied “the seat of the USSR in the UN security council since the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, and that its three-decade presence in the UN has been “marked by wars and seizures of other countries’ territories”.

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  • A video has emerged allegedly shows members of the private Russian mercenary company, Wagner Group, calling the Russian armed force’s chief of general staff a “piece of shit”. Bellingcat’s Christo Grozev reports that Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Russian businessman and founder of Wagner Group, said he has “nothing to say about this video”, which Grozev writes means the Putin ally is essentially endorsing the attack on Valery Gerasimov.

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Key occasions

Russian forces ‘undergo best losses in Bakhmut and Lyman’, says Ukraine’s armed forces

Ukrainian forces have repelled Russian assaults within the areas of two settlements within the Luhansk area and 6 within the Donetsk area over the previous 24 hours, the final workers of Ukraine’s armed forces mentioned on this morning’s operational replace.

Russian forces launched two missile strikes and fired 44 multiple-launch rocket methods over the previous day, it mentioned.

The replace, posted on social media, reads:

Within the Volyn, Polissya, Siverskyi and Slobozhanskyi instructions, the scenario has not modified considerably, the enemy maintains a navy presence alongside the state border, and no indicators of the formation of its offensive teams have been detected.

In the meantime, Ukraine’s armed forces mentioned an extra 620 Russian servicemen have been killed between 24 December and 27 December, bringing the full Russian losses to 103,220.

It mentioned:

Russian enemy suffered the best losses (of the previous day) on the Bakhmut and Lyman instructions.

“I’ve bought a idea that in case you give 100% the entire time, one way or the other issues will work out in the long run.“
Larry Chicken

Complete fight losses of the enemy from Feb 24 to Dec 27: pic.twitter.com/dkZc4eLm1e

— Protection of Ukraine (@DefenceU) December 27, 2022

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“I’ve bought a idea that in case you give 100% the entire time, one way or the other issues will work out in the long run.“
Larry Chicken

Complete fight losses of the enemy from Feb 24 to Dec 27: pic.twitter.com/dkZc4eLm1e

— Protection of Ukraine (@DefenceU) December 27, 2022

It just isn’t potential to confirm this report.

Whats up everybody. It’s Léonie Chao-Fong taking up the Russia-Ukraine struggle dwell weblog from Samantha Lock. Be happy to drop me a message if you’ve got something to flag, you possibly can attain me on Twitter or by way of e mail.

A destroyed monastery seen in Dolyna, jap Ukraine.

Caesar, a 50-year-old Russian who joined the Freedom of Russia Legion to fight on the side of Ukraine, stands in front of a destroyed monastery in Dolyna, eastern Ukraine on 26 December, 2022.
Caesar, a 50-year-old Russian who joined the Freedom of Russia Legion to battle on the facet of Ukraine, stands in entrance of a destroyed monastery in Dolyna, jap Ukraine on 26 December, 2022. {Photograph}: Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP/Getty Photographs
Tikhiy, 41, also walks past the monastery in Dolyna.
Tikhiy, 41, additionally walks previous the monastery in Dolyna. {Photograph}: Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP/Getty Photographs

Peter Beaumont

Peter Beaumont

From phrases to mock the Russian foe to people who masks the grim actuality of struggle, new usages abound, Peter Beaumont stories from Kyiv.

It was as soon as a superstition solely amongst Ukrainian air crew: the phrase “final”, particularly within the context of a final or last assembly, must be averted because it denotes a premonition of demise.

As an alternative air crew would say krajne, which interprets very roughly to English as “on the sting”.

Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, krajne has gained far wider utilization, employed by troopers and a few civilians in a rustic the place everybody is aware of somebody who’s serving on the entrance.

The battle is spawning a brand new lexicon. A number of the phrases and phrases which have entered wider utilization in Ukrainian society date again to the start of the struggle in 2014, others to navy utilization within the Soviet period, navy slang that has turn out to be popularised once more, and others are solely new coinages.

Learn the total story under:

Preventing focuses round Bakhmut, Donetsk: UK MoD

During the last 48 hours, preventing in Ukraine has remained centered across the Bakhmut space of the Donetsk area, and close to Svatove in Luhansk, in line with the most recent UK Ministry of Defence report.

“Russia continues to provoke frequent small-scale assaults in these areas, though little territory has modified fingers,” the report claims.

“To the north, parts of Russia’s 1st Guards Tank Military have been most likely amongst the Russian forces not too long ago deployed to Belarus. This formation was probably conducting coaching earlier than its deployment and is unlikely to have the assist items wanted to make it combat-ready.”

Newest Defence Intelligence replace on the scenario in Ukraine – 27 December 2022

Discover extra in regards to the UK authorities's response: https://t.co/tmY17jcQQk

🇺🇦 #StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/zSgoRgPkUe

— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) December 27, 2022

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Russia doesn’t intend to suggest any new initiatives on strategic arms or safety ensures, its international minister, Sergei Lavrov, mentioned in an interview printed by state-run Tass information company on Tuesday.

Lavrov additionally referred to as on the west to train most restraint within the “extremely delicate” nuclear sphere.

The international minister earlier alleged america and its Nato allies along with Ukraine needed to defeat Russia “on the battlefield” so as to destroy it, in remarks printed on Monday.

Ukraine goals for UN-backed peace summit in February

Ukraine is aiming to carry a peace summit by the tip of February – ideally on the United Nations with its secretary normal, António Guterres, as a potential mediator – in line with its international minister.

However Dmytro Kuleba mentioned that Russia might solely be invited if the nation confronted a struggle crimes tribunal first.

Ukraine goals for UN-backed peace summit by finish of February, says its international minister – video

Each struggle ends in a diplomatic method … Each struggle ends because of this of the actions taken on the battlefield and on the negotiating desk.”

Kuleba mentioned the Ukrainian authorities would really like to have a peace summit by the tip of February, across the anniversary of Russia’s invasion.

The United Nations might be the very best venue for holding this summit, as a result of this just isn’t about making a favour to a sure nation,” he mentioned. “This is actually about bringing everybody on board.”

Preventing in Donbas ‘tough and painful’, Zelenskiy says

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has mentioned preventing within the jap areas of Bakhmut, Kreminna and different areas in Donbas are “tough and painful” for Ukrainian troops.

Addressing the scenario on the frontline in his Monday night time handle, he mentioned:

The frontline. Bakhmut, Kreminna and different areas in Donbas, which now require most energy and focus.

The scenario there’s tough, acute. The occupiers are utilizing all of the assets out there to them – and these are vital assets – to squeeze out not less than some advance.”

Donetsk regional governor Pavlo Kyrylenko mentioned on Monday that greater than 60% of the infrastructure in the town of Bakhmut, which has been the positioning of intense preventing, is partially or totally destroyed.

“Russia is always shelling Bakhmut’s infrastructure. The enemy is conserving on scorched earth techniques,” he mentioned.

Volodymyr, 61, and Nataliia Bolias, 51, walk past an industrial building hit by a Russian missile strike in Bakhmut, Ukraine.
Volodymyr, 61, and Nataliia Bolias, 51, stroll previous an industrial constructing hit by a Russian missile strike in Bakhmut, Ukraine. {Photograph}: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ukraine’s jap navy command spokesperson, Serhiy Cherevaty, additionally mentioned that the Bakhmut and Avdiivka areas in Donetsk stay the websites of the heaviest hostilities. He reported that there have been 225 shellings from artillery and tanks within the Bakhmut space on Monday alone.

In the meantime, Ukraine’s navy mentioned dozens of cities within the Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson and Zaporizhzia areas have been shelled by Russian forces.

Within the Kherson area, Russia shelled populated areas alongside the precise financial institution of the Dnipro River, Ukraine’s navy mentioned.

Abstract and welcome

Whats up and welcome again to the Guardian’s dwell protection of the struggle in Ukraine. I’m Samantha Lock and I’ll be bringing you all the most recent developments as they unfold over the following few hours.

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has mentioned preventing within the jap areas of Bakhmut, Kreminna and different areas in Donbas are “tough and painful” for Ukrainian troops.

The Donetsk regional governor, Pavlo Kyrylenko, added that greater than 60% of the infrastructure in the town of Bakhmut has been partially or totally destroyed in a replace on Monday.

Regardless of the preventing, Ukraine’s international minister proposed to carry a peace summit by the tip of February – ideally on the United Nations with its secretary normal, António Guterres, as a potential mediator.

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  • Moscow has accused Ukraine of a lethal assault on an airbase that killed three Russian servicemen on Monday. Russia’s defence ministry claimed a Ukrainian drone was shot down on the strategy to Engels base situated about 300 miles away from the Ukrainian border however falling particles killed three service personnel. The Ukrainian authorities made no touch upon the reported assaults.

  • Ukraine’s navy mentioned dozens of cities within the Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson and Zaporizhzia areas have been shelled by Russian forces. Within the Kherson area, Russia shelled populated areas alongside the precise financial institution of the Dnipro River, Ukraine’s navy mentioned. Zelenskiy mentioned the frontline in Bakhmut, Kreminna and different areas in Donbas “now require most energy and focus” in his Monday night time handle.

  • Zelenskiy mentioned energy shortages were persisting, with almost 9 million individuals remaining with out electrical energy. “Shortages persist. Blackouts are persevering with,” he mentioned in his Monday night time video handle. “However the numbers and the size of the blackouts are steadily reducing.”

  • Ukraine ought to fulfil Moscow’s proposals for settlement for its personal good or the Russian military will resolve, Russia’s international minister has mentioned. “Our proposals for the demilitarisation and denazification of the territories managed by the regime, the elimination of threats to Russia’s safety emanating from there, together with our new lands, are effectively identified to the enemy,” state information company Tass quoted Sergei Lavrov as saying late on Monday. “The purpose is easy: fulfil them for your individual good. In any other case, the concern shall be determined by the Russian military.”

  • The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, hosted leaders of different former Soviet states in St Petersburg on Monday. In televised remarks Putin mentioned threats to the safety and stability of the Eurasian area have been rising. “Sadly challenges and threats on this space, particularly from the skin, are solely rising every year,” he mentioned. “We additionally must acknowledge sadly that disagreements additionally come up between member states of the commonwealth.”

  • Ukraine’s international minister mentioned Kyiv was aiming to have a peace summit by the tip of February. Dmytro Kuleba steered that the UN’s secretary normal, António Guterres, might be the potential mediator for peace talks with Russia, although Russia might solely be invited if the nation confronted a struggle crimes tribunal first. “The United Nations might be the very best venue for holding this summit, as a result of this just isn’t about making a favour to a sure nation. This is actually about bringing everybody on board,” he mentioned.

  • Zelenskiy additionally mentioned he sought India’s assist with implementing a “peace system” in a cellphone name with the nation’s prime minister on Monday. “I had a cellphone name with PM Narendra Modi and wished a profitable G20 presidency,” Zelenskiy wrote on Twitter. “It was on this platform that I introduced the peace system and now I rely on India’s participation in its implementation.” The Indian authorities mentioned in assertion late on Monday that Modi “strongly reiterated” his demand an instantaneous finish to hostilities in Ukraine and conveyed India’s assist for any peace efforts.

  • Russia’s FSB safety service mentioned a Ukrainian four-person “sabotage group” was “liquidated” whereas attempting to enter the Bryansk area on Sunday, Russian state media reported. The alleged saboteurs have been armed with foreign-made weapons and 4 improvised explosive gadgets, the FSB mentioned. There was no instant touch upon the incident from Ukraine.

  • Ukraine has referred to as for Russia to be eliminated as a everlasting member of the safety council. The international ministry mentioned Russia had illegally occupied “the seat of the USSR within the UN safety council because the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991, and that its three-decade presence within the UN has been “marked by wars and seizures of different nations’ territories”.

  • A video has emerged allegedly exhibits members of the non-public Russian mercenary firm, Wagner Group, calling the Russian armed pressure’s chief of normal workers a “piece of shit”. Bellingcat’s Christo Grozev stories that Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Russian businessman and founding father of Wagner Group, mentioned he has “nothing to say about this video”, which Grozev writes means the Putin ally is actually endorsing the assault on Valery Gerasimov.

A solider walks past a destroyed monastery in Dolyna, eastern Ukraine on 26 December, 2022.
A solider walks previous a destroyed monastery in Dolyna, jap Ukraine on 26 December, 2022. {Photograph}: Sameer Al-Doumy/AFP/Getty Photographs



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