Not even Christmas stops Russian raids on Ukraine. An air raid alarm was sounded throughout the country, with sirens sounding “in Kiev and other regions”, as reported by local media. The city administration of the Ukrainian capital has urged people to go to shelters. During the night the bombings by the armed forces of Moscow were mainly concentrated on Kherson.
Ukraine under attack even at Christmas
The armed forces of Ukraine take stock of the actions that Moscow has carried out by hitting different areas of the country: from the Kharkhiv Oblast to Bakhmut, a crucial center of hostilities in recent weeks. In the update released today by the general staff in Kiev, reference is made to the launch of 5 missiles and an air raid, as well as the extensive use of artillery to target people. Yesterday, at least 10 dead and 55 injured were recorded in the city: 18 people are said to be in serious condition, according to information released by the governor of the oblast, Yaroslav Yanushevych.
On the other hand, several attacks were rejected, as announced by the Kiev army: “Yesterday the Ukrainian forces repulsed several Russian attacks in various locations in the Kharkiv oblast, in Lugansk and in the Donetsk region”. The announcement was made today by the general staff of the Ukrainian armed forces, also reporting that the Russian army has launched five missiles over 90 attacks against Ukraine, causing civilian casualties and affecting infrastructure. Ukrainian forces have struck four Russian command zones, an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system and three other strategic sites. Also injured in Donetsk, as denounced by the head of the regional military administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko: “On December 24, the Russians wounded seven civilians in the Donetsk region: five in Bakhmut, one in Maksymilianivka and another in Predtechyne. At the moment it is impossible to establish the exact number of victims in Mariupol and Volnovakha”.
Zelensky: “Difficult Christmas, we’ll make a miracle”
“We won’t wait for a miracle. We will.” It is the message that the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, entrusts to Telegram in the hours of Christmas, while the country is hit in different areas by the raids of Russia. “We will find ourselves in difficult conditions. Someone will celebrate holidays in other people’s homes, in the homes of Ukrainians who have given shelter to Ukrainians. Someone will listen to Shchedryk (traditional Ukrainian song, ed.) in another language in Warsaw, Berlin, London, New York, Toronto and many other cities and countries. Some may spend Christmas in captivity, but remember that we are coming for our people. We will restore freedom to all men and women of Ukraine”.
“Wherever we are, we will be together. Make a wish. One for all. And we will feel joy. One for all. And we will understand the truth. One for all. We will celebrate our holidays, As always. We will smile and be happy. As always. it is one. We will not wait for a miracle. After all, we create it ourselves.”
Kiev: “Over 100 thousand Russians killed since the beginning of the war”
Russia has lost 620 men in the last day, bringing the losses in the Russian ranks up to 102,500 since the day of Moscow’s attack on Ukraine, last February 24th. This was announced by the daily bulletin of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, just released on Facebook, which reports figures that cannot be independently verified. According to reports by the Ukrainian military, Russian losses to date would be around 102,500 men, 3,011 tanks, 6,010 armored vehicles, 1,991 artillery systems, 418 multiple rocket launchers, 212 anti-aircraft defense systems. According to the bulletin, which specifies that the data is being updated due to the intense fighting, the Russian forces would also have lost 283 aircraft, 267 helicopters, 4,635 vehicles, 16 naval units and 1,706 drones.