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A new Russian bombardment killed at least five people and injured 20 on Saturday in the center of Kherson, from where Moscow troops withdrew last month, the Ukrainian presidency announced. Furthermore, Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to Volodymyr Zelensky, called for the “liquidation” of Iranian arms factories. Follow the hour-by-hour developments of the war in Ukraine.
11:04 a.m .: at least five dead and 20 injured in a Russian bombardment in Kherson
At least five people were killed and 20 others injured in a Russian bombardment on the city of Kherson in southern Ukraine. In the process, Russian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced an act of Russian “terror” to “intimidate” Ukrainians.
Since Russian forces completed their withdrawal from the city of Kherson on November 11 after an occupation of nearly nine months, the city has been continuously bombarded. A month ago, on November 25, another Russian bombardment caused the death of fifteen civilians.
9:53 a.m .: Ukrainian presidential adviser calls for the “liquidation” of Iranian arms factories
A senior Ukrainian presidential official has called for the ‘liquidation’ of Iranian factories making drones and missiles, as well as the arrest of their suppliers, as kyiv accuses Tehran of wanting to supply more weapons to Russia .
On Twitter on Saturday, Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said Iran “flagrantly humiliates the institution of international sanctions“, before calling for the destruction of Iranian arms factories.
Iran, planning to boost missile, drone supplies for Russia, blatantly humiliates the institution of international sanctions…
Important to abandon nonworking sanctions, invalid UN resolutions concept, & move to more destructive tools – liquidation of plants, arrest of suppliers…
— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) December 24, 2022
8:08 am: update on the situation with the special envoy of France 24
In eastern Ukraine, fierce fighting continues, according to France 24 special envoy Elena Volochine, in duplex from kyiv. “The Russians are still trying to take the city of Bakhmout, which is currently becoming a martyr city (…), but the Ukrainians are resisting.”
6:37 a.m.: report from kyiv, with the National Guard in charge of anti-aircraft defense
While Ukraine continues to suffer long-range Russian bombardment of its energy infrastructurethe special envoy of France 24 Elena Voloshin was able to follow the work of a unit of the Ukrainian National Guard in charge of anti-aircraft defense in kyiv.
4:33 am: Japanese companies will stop insuring ships in Russian waters
Three Japanese insurance companies will stop insuring ships for damage caused in Russian waters due to the war in Ukraine. A decision that could affect energy imports into Japan, such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), according to the Nikkei newspaper on Saturday.
With Reuters and AFP.
Live: new deadly Russian bombardment in Kherson, Zelensky denounces an act of “terror”