War in Ukraine Live: Russia investigates after reported explosions at its Saratov air base

Cover image: Satellite image of Russia’s Saratov air base, December 4, 2022. MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES/via REUTERS

  • According to a new report, at least 16 people were killed and 64 injured in the Russian shelling of the Kherson regionon Saturday, said Kherson Oblast Governor Yaroslav Yanushevich.
  • Throughout Saturday, Russia fired 41 missiles at the cityaccording to a morning bulletin from the Ukrainian army.
  • An investigation was opened after a ” incident “ at the Saratov Russian Air Basethe local governor said on Monday, after Ukrainian and Russian media reported explosions at the base, which is hundreds of kilometers from the front lines in Ukraine, and which had already been targeted on December 5.
  • Volodymyr Zelensky castigated the “terrorists” russian who carried out bombardments against the city center of Kherson. This bombardment “It’s terror, it’s killing to intimidate and for fun” Mr. Zelensky said. “We must be aware that our enemy will try to make this moment dark and difficult” he further stated.
  • In response to Vladimir Putin, who said to himself this morning “ready to negotiate acceptable solutions with all concerned”, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, said that the Russian president had to come to terms with reality and recognize that it was the Kremlin that did not want negotiations.
  • The West seeks to ” divide (…) historical Russia »castigated Vladimir Putin on Sundayin an interview, a short excerpt of which was broadcast on Russian public television. ““Divide and conquer”: they have always tried to do it, they are trying to do it now, but our objective is quite different: to unite the Russian people”he said.
  • The rate of advance of Russian forces in the Bakhmut area in eastern Ukraine has slowed in recent days, according to latest analysis published by the American think tank Institute for the Study of War (ISW), confirming the statements of the Ukrainian army.
  • During the Christmas mass, Pope Francis on Saturday denounced “the thirst for power”which leads some to want “devour their neighbours”an indirect allusion to the war in Ukraine and other conflicts. “I think above all of the children devoured by war, poverty and injustice”he added.

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War in Ukraine Live: Russia investigates after reported explosions at its Saratov air base