Russian forces continued to wage battle on Ukraine over the vacation weekend, with greater than 40 missiles being launched into Ukrainian cities on Christmas day, in response to Ukraine’s navy.
In accordance with Russian information businesses, which cited the nation’s protection ministry, three Russian navy personnel have been killed Monday by falling wreckage of a Ukrainian drone that was shot down because it was on its method to assault a base in Russia’s Saratov area.
Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated Sunday that he was open to negotiations and accused Ukraine and its Western allies of not partaking in talks. The U.S. has beforehand dismissed this stance from Russia as posturing given the continuing assault on Ukraine.
“We’re prepared to barter with everybody concerned about acceptable options, however that’s as much as them – we aren’t those refusing to barter, they’re,” Putin mentioned in an interview on Rossiya 1 state tv.
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An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, nevertheless, responded on Twitter by saying Putin wanted to acknowledge it was Russia that has not been open to talks.
“Russia single-handedly attacked Ukraine and is killing residents,” the adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak, mentioned. “Russia does not need negotiations, however tries to keep away from duty.”
Moscow launched its invasion into its jap European neighbor on February 24, and assaults on Ukraine’s energy stations have left tens of millions with out electrical energy. Zelenskyy mentioned Russia would try and make the ultimate days of 2022 darkish and tough.
“Russia has misplaced every thing it might this 12 months. … I do know darkness won’t forestall us from main the occupiers to new defeats. However we now have to be prepared for any situation,” he mentioned in a Christmas Day handle.
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Ukraine and Russia historically rejoice Christmas on January 7, however some Orthodox Ukrainians determined to rejoice on December 25 this 12 months. Zelenskyy, Ukraine’s prime minister and different officers within the nation issued Christmas needs on Sunday.
Ukraine’s navy mentioned early on Monday that Russian forces had shelled dozens of cities within the prior 24 hours on the Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson and Zaporizhzia areas.
“Within the Kherson route, the enemy continues artillery shelling of populated areas alongside the best financial institution of the Dnipro River,” the navy mentioned.
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The Ukrainian navy additionally mentioned its forces launched assaults on almost 20 Russian targets.
Russia’s protection ministry mentioned Sunday that its forces had killed about 60 Ukrainian servicemen the day past alongside the Kupiansk-Lyman line of contact, and that it had destroyed quite a few items of Ukrainian navy gear.
The Kremlin vowed to combat till all its territorial targets are reached, however Ukraine says it should preserve preventing till each Russian soldier is pressured from the nation.
Reuters contributed to this report.