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Russian troops in Ukraine exempted from earnings tax

Russian authorities have introduced that troopers and state staff deployed in Ukraine can be exempt from earnings tax, in the newest effort to encourage assist of its army operation there.

Agence France-Presse reported that the brand new measure involved all these preventing within the 4 Ukrainian territories Russia has declared as its personal, even though it doesn’t fully management them: Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov cited an exemption contained in an anti-corruption legislation, which the Russian authorities revealed the small print of on Thursday night.

Troopers, police, members of the safety providers and different state staff serving within the 4 areas now not had to produce data on “their earnings, their expenditure, their property”, the decree mentioned.

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu meets Russian military personnel involved in the war at an unknown location in Ukraine, in an image released last week
Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu (second proper) meets Russian army personnel concerned within the conflict at an unknown location in Ukraine, in a picture launched final week. {Photograph}: Russian defence ministry press service/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The decree additionally granted them the fitting to obtain “rewards and presents” in the event that they have been of “a humanitarian character” and obtained as a part of the army operation in Ukraine.

It applies to the companions and kids of these serving, and is back-dated to February 24 2022 – the date Russia invaded Ukraine.

The Kremlin has rolled out a collection of incentives for Russians to battle in Ukraine, providing money incentives, banking and property services and promising monetary support to households within the case of the dying or damage of cherished ones.

In Russia, troopers and senior officers near the nation’s military-industrial advanced are repeatedly convicted in corruption circumstances by which giant sums of cash have been embezzled.

There is a “realistic possibility” that Russian forces will launch long-range strikes on Ukraine in the coming days to undermine Ukrainian morale over the new year period, the UK Ministry of Defence says.

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It its daily intelligence update, the ministry said that since October, Russia had followed a general pattern of launching an intensive wave of strikes every seven to 10 days, primarily targeting Ukraine’s power distribution network. The latest was on Thursday.

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Russia is almost certainly following this approach in an attempt to overwhelm Ukrainian air defences.

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However, there is a realistic possibility that Russia will break this pattern to strike again in the coming days in an effort to undermine the morale of the Ukrainian population over the new year holiday period.

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Russian authorities have announced that soldiers and state employees deployed in Ukraine will be exempt from income tax, in the latest effort to encourage support of its military operation there.

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Agence France-Presse reported that the new measure concerned all those fighting in the four Ukrainian territories Russia has declared as its own, although it does not completely control them: Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.

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Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov cited an exemption contained in an anti-corruption law, which the Russian authorities published the details of on Thursday evening.

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Soldiers, police, members of the security services and other state employees serving in the four regions no longer had to supply information on “their income, their expenditure, their assets”, the decree said.

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The decree additionally granted them the fitting to obtain “rewards and presents” in the event that they have been of “a humanitarian character” and obtained as a part of the army operation in Ukraine.

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It applies to the companions and kids of these serving, and is back-dated to February 24 2022 – the date Russia invaded Ukraine.

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The Kremlin has rolled out a collection of incentives for Russians to battle in Ukraine, providing money incentives, banking and property services and promising monetary support to households within the case of the dying or damage of cherished ones.

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In Russia, troopers and senior officers near the nation’s military-industrial advanced are repeatedly convicted in corruption circumstances by which giant sums of cash have been embezzled.

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Hello and welcome back to the Guardian’s continuing live coverage of the war in Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says Ukrainian troops are holding their positions against Russian forces in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region, “where the fiercest battles are going on”.

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He added that Ukrainian forces were “slowly advancing” in some areas there.

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Zelenskiy also claimed in his nightly video address on Friday that Kyiv had strengthened its anti-aircraft capability and would make it “even stronger” in the new year to protect itself and the entire European continent.

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This is Adam Fulton and here’s a brief look at other major developments as it turns 9am in Kyiv on this last day of 2022.

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  • Vladimir Putin has invited his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, to make a state visit to Moscow next northern spring, as Russia seeks to deepen its ties with China amid growing international isolation over the war in Ukraine. Speaking to Xi via a videoconference, Putin said Russia’s ties with China were the “best in history” and expressed his wish to extend military collaboration.

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  • The call between the two leaders came hours after Ukraine was again attacked by Iranian-made “kamikaze” drones. The Ukrainian military said it shot down all 16 drones, which it said were sent from the south-east and north. Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, said there were no casualties from the strikes.

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  • Nato’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, said Vladimir Putin had not given up his plans to “control Ukraine” and warned everyone to “prepare for the long haul”. Stoltenberg told the dpa news agency that Russia had mobilised “many new troops” and “demonstrated a willingness to endure painful losses”. “This is not over,” he said. “We should not underestimate Russia.”

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  • Belarus has summoned the Ukrainian ambassador, saying it shot down a Ukrainian air defence missile in Belarusian territory. Alexander Volfovich, the secretary of the Belarus security council, has accused Ukraine of trying to “provoke a regional conflict”, claiming it was “unlikely” that the Ukrainian air defence missile downed on Thursday had entered Belarusian airspace by accident. A Ukrainian military spokesperson said the incident was “the result of air defence”.

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  • Zelenskiy repeated his earlier warnings that Moscow could be planning to plunge Ukraine into darkness before the New Year’s Eve holiday. The latest drone attack comes at the end of a week in which Russian forces launched a series of deadly bombardments of the recently liberated city of Kherson.

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  • Moscow’s exiled chief rabbi says Jews should leave Russia while they still can, before they are made scapegoats for the hardship caused by the war in Ukraine. Pinchas Goldschmidt told the Guardian: “When we look back over Russian history, whenever the political system was in danger you saw the government trying to redirect the anger and discontent of the masses towards the Jewish community … We’re seeing rising antisemitism while Russia is going back to a new kind of Soviet Union.” Goldschmidt resigned from his post and left Russia in July after refusing to back Putin’s war.

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  • The self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk (DPR) and Luhansk (LPR), both of which are occupied areas of Ukraine that Russia claims to have annexed, have adopted new “constitutions”, the Russian state-owned Tass news agency reported. Denis Pushilin, who is styled as the acting leader of the DPR, was quoted as hailing “the return of Donbas to the bosom of the Russian cultural and historical tradition”.

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  • The richest Russian oligarchs have lost almost $95bn this year amid sanctions imposed by western nations over the Ukraine war – shedding $330m a day since the Kremlin launched its invasion. Roman Abramovich, the former Chelsea FC owner, was the biggest loser, with his fortune falling by 57% to $7.8bn this year, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

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  • Britain says it has given Ukraine more than 1,000 metal detectors and 100 kits to deactivate bombs to help clear minefields in the latest instance of military support. “This latest package of UK support will help Ukraine safely clear land and buildings as it reclaims its rightful territory,” the British defence minister, Ben Wallace, said in a statement.

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  • Vladimir Putin “warmly congratulated” Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on the coming new year, adding that “mutually beneficial relations” between the two countries were developing “very dynamically”, the Kremlin said. Putin would not wish a happy new year to Joe Biden, Olaf Scholz, Emmanuel Macron or leaders of other “unfriendly countries”, it added.

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  • The chief of Eurovision, Martin Österdahl, has told BBC radio that Russia’s ongoing ban from the international song contest has been hard but the event should stand for “the basic and ultimate values of democracy”.

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UK says Russia might assault Ukraine once more in coming days to undermine morale

There’s a “real looking chance” that Russian forces will launch long-range strikes on Ukraine in the approaching days to undermine Ukrainian morale over the brand new 12 months interval, the UK Ministry of Defence says.

It its every day intelligence replace, the ministry mentioned that since October, Russia had adopted a common sample of launching an intensive wave of strikes each seven to 10 days, primarily focusing on Ukraine’s energy distribution community. The newest was on Thursday.

It mentioned:

Russia is sort of definitely following this method in an try to overwhelm Ukrainian air defences.

Nevertheless, there’s a real looking chance that Russia will break this sample to strike once more in the approaching days in an effort to undermine the morale of the Ukrainian inhabitants over the brand new 12 months vacation interval.

Newest Defence Intelligence replace on the state of affairs in Ukraine – 31 December 2022

Discover extra concerning the UK authorities's response: https://t.co/R3VzwufDTv

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America is worried by China’s alignment with Russia as Moscow continues its invasion of Ukraine, the US mentioned after the presidents of Russia and China, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, held a video assembly on Friday.

A US State Division spokesperson mentioned:

Beijing claims to be impartial, however its behaviour makes clear it continues to be investing in shut ties to Russia.

Reuters additionally reported the spokesperson added that Washington was “monitoring Beijing’s exercise intently”.

Russian troops in Ukraine exempted from earnings tax

Russian authorities have introduced that troopers and state staff deployed in Ukraine can be exempt from earnings tax, in the newest effort to encourage assist of its army operation there.

Agence France-Presse reported that the brand new measure involved all these preventing within the 4 Ukrainian territories Russia has declared as its personal, even though it doesn’t fully management them: Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri Peskov cited an exemption contained in an anti-corruption legislation, which the Russian authorities revealed the small print of on Thursday night.

Troopers, police, members of the safety providers and different state staff serving within the 4 areas now not had to produce data on “their earnings, their expenditure, their property”, the decree mentioned.

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu meets Russian military personnel involved in the war at an unknown location in Ukraine, in an image released last week
Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu (second proper) meets Russian army personnel concerned within the conflict at an unknown location in Ukraine, in a picture launched final week. {Photograph}: Russian defence ministry press service/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

The decree additionally granted them the fitting to obtain “rewards and presents” in the event that they have been of “a humanitarian character” and obtained as a part of the army operation in Ukraine.

It applies to the companions and kids of these serving, and is back-dated to February 24 2022 – the date Russia invaded Ukraine.

The Kremlin has rolled out a collection of incentives for Russians to battle in Ukraine, providing money incentives, banking and property services and promising monetary support to households within the case of the dying or damage of cherished ones.

In Russia, troopers and senior officers near the nation’s military-industrial advanced are repeatedly convicted in corruption circumstances by which giant sums of cash have been embezzled.

The Ukrainian army says Russian forces have tried to advance close to Bakhmut and Avdiivka, the focal factors of their slow-moving marketing campaign to take all the Donetsk area within the nation’s east.

Reuters reported the Ukrainian armed forces’ common employees as saying on Friday that Russian forces had fired on a number of cities and villages, together with Bakhmut, Kudryumivka simply to the south, close by Soledar and likewise the city of Kostyantynivka, west of Bakhmut.

The overall employees additionally mentioned Russian forces fired on Avdiivka, the close by city of Maryinka and Nevelske. Russian forces shelled settlements additional west in Donetsk area, together with the city of Vuhledar, its assertion mentioned.

Ukrainian troops prepare mortar shells before firing them towards Russian positions on the outskirts of Bakhmut
Ukrainian troops put together mortar shells earlier than firing them in the direction of Russian positions on the outskirts of Bakhmut. {Photograph}: Reuters

Opening abstract

Howdy and welcome again to the Guardian’s persevering with stay protection of the conflict in Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says Ukrainian troops are holding their positions towards Russian forces in jap Ukraine’s Donbas area, “the place the fiercest battles are occurring”.

He added that Ukrainian forces have been “slowly advancing” in some areas there.

Zelenskiy additionally claimed in his nightly video deal with on Friday that Kyiv had strengthened its anti-aircraft functionality and would make it “even stronger” in the brand new 12 months to defend itself and the whole European continent.

That is Adam Fulton and right here’s a transient have a look at different main developments because it turns 9am in Kyiv on this final day of 2022.

  • Vladimir Putin has invited his Chinese language counterpart, Xi Jinping, to make a state go to to Moscow subsequent northern spring, as Russia seeks to deepen its ties with China amid rising worldwide isolation over the conflict in Ukraine. Talking to Xi by way of a videoconference, Putin mentioned Russia’s ties with China have been the “greatest in historical past” and expressed his want to prolong army collaboration.

  • The decision between the 2 leaders got here hours after Ukraine was once more attacked by Iranian-made “kamikaze” drones. The Ukrainian army mentioned it shot down all 16 drones, which it mentioned have been despatched from the south-east and north. Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, mentioned there have been no casualties from the strikes.

  • Nato’s secretary common, Jens Stoltenberg, mentioned Vladimir Putin had not given up his plans to “management Ukraine” and warned everybody to “put together for the lengthy haul”. Stoltenberg advised the dpa information company that Russia had mobilised “many new troops” and “demonstrated a willingness to endure painful losses”. “This will not be over,” he mentioned. “We should always not underestimate Russia.”

  • Belarus has summoned the Ukrainian ambassador, saying it shot down a Ukrainian air defence missile in Belarusian territory. Alexander Volfovich, the secretary of the Belarus safety council, has accused Ukraine of attempting to “provoke a regional battle”, claiming it was “unlikely” that the Ukrainian air defence missile downed on Thursday had entered Belarusian airspace accidentally. A Ukrainian army spokesperson mentioned the incident was “the outcome of air defence”.

  • Zelenskiy repeated his earlier warnings that Moscow might be planning to plunge Ukraine into darkness earlier than the New Yr’s Eve vacation. The newest drone assault comes at the top of per week by which Russian forces launched a collection of lethal bombardments of the lately liberated metropolis of Kherson.

  • Moscow’s exiled chief rabbi says Jews ought to go away Russia whereas they nonetheless can, earlier than they’re made scapegoats for the hardship triggered by the conflict in Ukraine. Pinchas Goldschmidt advised the Guardian: “Once we look again over Russian historical past, at any time when the political system was in peril you noticed the federal government attempting to redirect the anger and discontent of the lots in the direction of the Jewish group … We’re seeing rising antisemitism whereas Russia goes again to a brand new sort of Soviet Union.” Goldschmidt resigned from his submit and left Russia in July after refusing to again Putin’s conflict.

  • The self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk (DPR) and Luhansk (LPR), each of that are occupied areas of Ukraine that Russia claims to have annexed, have adopted new “constitutions”, the Russian state-owned Tass information company reported. Denis Pushilin, who’s styled because the performing chief of the DPR, was quoted as hailing “the return of Donbas to the bosom of the Russian cultural and historic custom”.

  • The richest Russian oligarchs have misplaced nearly $95bn this 12 months amid sanctions imposed by western nations over the Ukraine conflict – shedding $330m a day for the reason that Kremlin launched its invasion. Roman Abramovich, the previous Chelsea FC proprietor, was the most important loser, together with his fortune falling by 57% to $7.8bn this 12 months, in accordance with the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

  • Britain says it has given Ukraine greater than 1,000 metallic detectors and 100 kits to deactivate bombs to assist clear minefields in the newest occasion of army assist. “This newest package deal of UK assist will assist Ukraine safely clear land and buildings because it reclaims its rightful territory,” the British defence minister, Ben Wallace, mentioned in an announcement.

  • Vladimir Putin “warmly congratulated” Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on the approaching new 12 months, including that “mutually useful relations” between the 2 international locations have been creating “very dynamically”, the Kremlin mentioned. Putin wouldn’t want a completely satisfied new 12 months to Joe Biden, Olaf Scholz, Emmanuel Macron or leaders of different “unfriendly international locations”, it added.

  • The chief of Eurovision, Martin Österdahl, has advised BBC radio that Russia’s ongoing ban from the worldwide music contest has been laborious however the occasion ought to stand for “the essential and supreme values of democracy”.



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