Updated on 12/14/2022 at 6:16 am
- In the fighting in the east, Ukrainian forces are said to have inflicted heavy damage on the Russian occupiers.
- Meanwhile, there were explosions in Kiev on Wednesday morning.
- What happened last night – what will be important on Wednesday.
Several explosions rocked the Ukrainian capital Kyiv on Wednesday morning. Mayor Vitaly Klitschko confirmed the explosion on the Telegram news service without giving any details.
Explosions in Kiev: Reports of Russian drone strikes
According to Ukrainian media reports, Russia’s armed forces carried out drone strikes on the city of three million and its surroundings. Officials said air defense has been deployed. Airstrikes took place in the capital, the surrounding area, and in Zytomyr and Vinnytsia. There was no initial information on possible damage and casualties.
Zelenskyj thanks supporters for winter help
Zelensky thanked the international community for the 1 billion euro emergency winter aid that was launched on Tuesday. “Every day we attract new strength to them UkraineThank you to everyone who has pledged and helped our state to get through this winter,” he said in his daily video address in the evening.
Representatives from 70 countries gathered in Paris to help Ukraine, which has been hit hard by Russia’s war of aggression. The assistance is primarily aimed at repairing severely damaged electricity and heat supplies, as well as benefiting water supply, transport and sanitation systems, and food distribution. The Russian military recently targeted Ukraine’s entire energy infrastructure to depopulate and pressure the country’s leadership during the winter.
Report: US considers Patriot anti-aircraft defenses for Ukraine
According to a report, the US government plans to supply the Patriot air defense system to Ukraine. The plan still needs to be approved by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, the broadcaster said CNN Tuesday, citing unnamed government sources. The plans could be officially unveiled later this week. The Patriot system is used to counter aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.
The Russia Attacked Ukraine is pushing for better anti-aircraft defenses. The US is already supplying Ukraine with Himars multiple rocket launchers and the Nassams air defense system.
The IAEA stationed safety experts at all Ukrainian nuclear power plants
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safety experts are to be permanently stationed at all four Ukrainian nuclear power plants. This was agreed by IAEA chief Raphael Croci and Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmihal in Paris on Tuesday.
Currently, the Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant is the only IAEA committee to regularly monitor the situation and provide independent reports on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. Presumably, the IAEA’s presence is intended to prevent serious attacks that could cause a nuclear accident. Now all three remaining nuclear power plants in Ukraine are permanently monitored by the IAEA. These facilities are under Ukrainian control.
Kiev reports losses among Russian troops
According to their own reports, Ukrainian armed forces inflicted heavy losses on Russian occupation forces during heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine. In the village of Kadievka in the Luhansk region alone, 60 Russian soldiers were killed and 100 wounded, civil servants in Kyiv said Tuesday evening.
Around 150 Russian soldiers were wounded in attacks on a command staff and artillery positions near Melitopol in the south of the country. The information could not be independently verified.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Expects Russian Attack in Early 2023
In his own words, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba expects a new major Russian offensive in January or February. “I think by the end of January or the beginning of February, Russia will regain the capacity for a major offensive – they will try, we will try to prevent it,” he told reporters in Kyiv on Tuesday night. Ukraine will do everything to thwart these plans of the Russian army.
UN emergency aid coordinator in Kherson – Russians angry
UN emergency relief coordinator Martin Griffiths has stoked anger among Russian occupiers across the Dnipro River with a visit to the recently liberated southern Ukrainian city of Kherson. Vladimir Zalto, head of Moscow’s regional administration, accused the UN delegation of illegally crossing the border into Russian territory on Tuesday. “This is outrageous, shameful and indecent,” Salto was quoted as saying by Russian state agency TASS.
After the invasion of Ukraine, Russia The Sham referendum was held and illegally annexed four regions in southern and eastern Ukraine, including Kherson Oblast. However, by autumn, Ukrainian troops were able to liberate the city of Cherson and push back the Russian invaders across the Dnipro River. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric pointed out that the United Nations does not recognize Moscow-run referendums either.
What does the day bring?
The European Parliament will present the prestigious Sakharov Prize to the Ukrainian people this Wednesday in Strasbourg. Three Ukrainians dedicated to civil society will receive the award. The Sakharov Prize has been awarded by the European Parliament since 1988 to an individual or organization that defends human rights and freedom of expression.
In a video message, Zelensky presented the Russian president with a proposal for Christmas: if he withdrew his troops from Ukraine, this would lead to an immediate cessation of hostilities. (Image credit: Imago)
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