Russian attacks have been reported in at least seven regions of eastern and southern Ukraine. Although Moscow announced a 36-hour cease-fire from Friday noon until Saturday midnight on the occasion of Orthodox Christmas. At least three people were killed.
Russian forces bombed Kherson region 39 times on FridayAccording to the governor Yaroslav Janushevich. Residential buildings and a fire station came under fire in the liberated city of Kherson, as a result of which a senior paramedic was killed. Seven civilians were also wounded in the region of Rejon.
The Ukrainian army announced that two people were killed and 13 wounded in the Russian bombing of Bakhmut, in eastern Ukraine, during the so-called ceasefire. The two dead were a 66-year-old man and a 61-year-old woman.
Its governor, Olli Sinyhopov, said Russian forces were “terrorizing” civilians in the northeastern Kharkiv region. No injuries were reported, but the fire damaged residential and commercial buildings.
Russian forces bombed Ukrainian positions 14 times and stormed a settlement three times on the eastern front line of the Lugansk region. During the first three hours of the so-called ceasefire, Governor Serhi Haidai said, according to Reuters. Explosions were heard from what Ukrainian forces on the front line described as Russian missile strikes. The Ukrainians returned fire from the tanks.
The governor of the occupied Crimean city of Sevastopol said air defenses had shot down a drone, apparently during an attack. In the port where the Russian Black Sea Fleet is stationed. Mikhail Razozhev claimed that the accident took place early on Saturday.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense said fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces continued at a “routine level” over the Orthodox Christmas period. The ministry’s daily intelligence update says the fighting was concentrated in a heavily wooded area west of the town of Krymina in eastern Ukraine’s Luhansk Province, where “the fighting degenerated into dismounted infantry combat, often at close range”.
The United States asked Italy to provide air defense systems to Ukraine as soon as possible. The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported that the request came from a conversation between US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Francesco Tallo, an advisor to Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has praised the United States for including armored vehicles killed by tanks in its latest multibillion-dollar military aid package.‘, saying they are ‘exactly what it takes’. The latest US military aid announced by the White House on Friday was the largest yet, and it included Bradley armored vehicles for the first time.
Services were held in Ukraine to celebrate the first Orthodox Christmas since Russia invaded the country last year. Metropolitan Epiphanius led the Christmas Mass at the Holy Dormition Cathedral of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in the Ukrainian capital.
Ukraine has updated the number of Russian soldiers it believes killed to 110,740. The armed forces chiefs of staff said in an update on Saturday that an additional 490 soldiers were killed on Friday.