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Kyiv suffers largest ever drone assault by Russia leaving 5 wounded

Russia has bombarded Ukraine’s second largest metropolis with missiles and drones throughout the early hours of New Year’s Eve, simply hours after accusing Kyiv of finishing up a lethal strike in one in every of its border cities.

Moscow mentioned 22 individuals, together with two youngsters, have been killed in “indiscriminate” Ukrainian strikes on the Russian provincial capital of Belgorod on Saturday.

Images of Belgorod on social media confirmed automobiles on fireplace and plumes of black smoke rising amongst broken buildings as air raid sirens sounded.

Local media mentioned missiles hit a skating rink within the coronary heart of town, a procuring centre, residential buildings and a automotive.

Russian officers accused Kyiv of finishing up the assault the day after an 18-hour aerial Russian barrage throughout Ukraine killed a minimum of 39 civilians.

More than 144 individuals have been injured and an unknown quantity have been buried below rubble after Moscow launched its greatest wave of airstrikes because the battle started.

Within hours, the UK introduced it was sending Kyiv lots of of defence missiles, ministers condemning Russian president Vladimir Putin’s “barbarity”.


Russia kilos Kharkiv with missiles and drones after assault on Belgorod

Russia pounded the Ukrainian metropolis of Kharkiv with missiles and drones within the hours main into New Year’s Eve, Ukrainian officers mentioned, hours after Moscow accused Kyiv of finishing up a lethal air assault simply throughout the border on close by Belgorod.

In the primary waves of Russia’s assaults, a minimum of six missiles hit Kharkiv, Ukraine’s National Police mentioned on Sunday, injuring a minimum of 22 individuals and hitting 12 condominium buildings, 13 residential homes and a kindergarten.


Earlier, Ukrainian officers mentioned that amongst these injured in Kharkiv have been two boys aged 14 and 16 and a safety adviser for a staff of German journalists.

Closer to midnight, as a part of a wider bombardment of Ukraine that additionally focused Kyiv, a number of waves of Russian drones hit residential buildings in Kharkiv’s centre, spouting fires, the mayor of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest metropolis, mentioned.

“On the eve of the New Year, the Russians want to intimidate our city, but we are not scared – we are unbreakable and invincible!” the mayor, Ihor Terekhov, mentioned.

Holly Evans31 December 2023 07:20


Russia responds to Polish accusations

During Russia’s big assault on Ukraine earlier this week, Poland, a NATO member, claimed an unknown object travelled 24 miles into the nation’s airspace.

The head of the Polish armed forces, Gen. Wiesław Kukuła, mentioned “everything indicates” it was a Russian missile.

Since the declare, Russia’s cost d’affaires in Warsaw, Andrei Ordash, advised Russian state information company RIA Novosti on Saturday that Poland’s claims have been “unsubstantiated.”

“We will not give any explanations until we are presented with concrete evidence, because these accusations are unsubstantiated,” Ordash advised RIA Novosti.

Some 500 Polish Territorial Defense troops have been combing an space between town of Zamosc and the border with Ukraine for any traces of the item.

Alex Ross31 December 2023 06:30


Time to have fun Christmas

The nation has historically used the Julian calendar, additionally utilized by Russia, the place Christmas falls subsequent month.

Many Ukrainians have embraced this yr’s change with enthusiasm, viewing it as a optimistic step that may additional strengthen their cultural separation from Moscow.

Ukrainians have fun Christmas on 25 December for first time in shift from Russia

For the primary time, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine noticed Christmas on 25 December as an alternative of seven January. The nation has historically used the Julian calendar, additionally utilized by Russia, the place Christmas falls subsequent month. Many Ukrainians have embraced this yr’s change with enthusiasm, viewing it as a optimistic step that may additional strengthen their cultural separation from Moscow. “The war has helped bring this about, but most Ukrainians have long dreamt about this change,” Father Heorhii advised Al Jazeera. “It is a desire to live with the whole world.”

Alex Ross31 December 2023 05:30


New US funding might be ultimate bundle of army help

Worrying information for Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky as US officers introduced on Wednesday that funding, price as much as $250 million, might be the ultimate bundle until Congress approves new laws that’s stalled.

The weapons, price as much as $250 million, embody an array of air munitions and different missiles, artillery, anti-armor techniques, ammunition, demolition and medical gear and components.

In an announcement, Lt. Col. Garron Garn, a Pentagon spokesman mentioned there isn’t any extra funding to interchange the weapons taken from division shares. And the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which supplies long-term funding for future weapons contracts, can also be out of cash.

As a consequence, Garn mentioned Wednesday, “Without the supplemental funding, there will be a shortfall in replenishing U.S. military stocks, affecting American military readiness.”

President Joe Biden is urging Congress to move a $110 billion help bundle for Ukraine, Israel and different nationwide safety wants.

Alex Ross31 December 2023 04:30


British troopers to go on standby

Thousands of UK troopers will go on standby from subsequent yr as a primary response unit towards threats to members of Nato.

Germany had been main the response drive however will hand over to the UK on 1 January 2024. The function is rotated yearly amongst Nato members. The UK’s seventh Light Mechanised Brigade, often known as the Desert Rats, might be on the core of this 6,000-person responsive unit.

Alex Ross31 December 2023 03:30


What to count on from Ukraine battle in 2024

It’s a worrying time for Ukraine and president Volodymyr Zelensky with funding stalling on each the European and US fronts. But what is going to this present “lack” of funding imply to the battle in 2024.

Well, British author Keir Giles, who’s an skilled on the Russian army, says it’s more likely to imply Ukraine will stay on the defensive with the development of fortifications alongside Russian’s fundamental traces of advance.

What we are able to count on from the battle in Ukraine in 2024

Kyiv’s forces are more likely to stay on the defensive for a lot of subsequent yr, writes Keir Giles. That is until the West lastly will get totally behind the concept Putin’s battle goals will solely change if his hand is compelled

Alex Ross31 December 2023 02:30


Ukraine ends yr upset by stalemate with Russia, and anxious about help from allies

Ukrainian troops and political leaders are ending the yr with disappointment on the battlefield, an more and more sombre temper amongst troops and nervousness about the way forward for Western help for the battle effort.

Read the total report right here:

Alex Ross31 December 2023 01:30


In footage: Damage attributable to Ukrainian assault

Fourteen individuals died within the Ukrainian assault on the Russian provincial capital of Belgorod on Saturday.

The assault was believed to be in responses to the large assault from Moscow the day earlier than.

Here’s a few of the footage exhibiting injury attributable to the assault on Belgorod by Ukraine forces.

A procuring centre with home windows smashed from shelling

(Anadolu by way of Getty Images)

A store entrance broken within the assault

(Anadolu by way of Getty Images)

A big space taped off as officers get to work on clearing up the injury

(Anadolu by way of Getty Images)

Alex Ross31 December 2023 00:30


Targets of Ukraine assault

A skating rink on the central Cathedral Square, a procuring centre and residential buildings have been among the many targets of the Ukraine assault on the Russian provincial capital of Belgorod on Saturday which left 14 individuals useless.

Ukrainian information outlet RBC- Ukraine quoted unnamed sources as saying Ukrainian forces had directed fireplace at army targets in Belgorod in response to the huge Russian bombardment of Ukrainian cities the day past.

Newspaper Kommersant cited a supply near the Russian Investigative Committee as saying missiles fired from a a number of rocket launcher in Ukraine’s Kharkiv area had hit a skating rink on the central Cathedral Square, a procuring centre and residential buildings.

Alex Ross30 December 2023 23:30


More than 70 drones utilized by Ukraine in Russian assault

Ukraine’s collection of retaliatory assaults on Russian territory noticed forces use missiles, drones and shelling.

And though no remark had but been made by Kyiv, Russian officers have confirmed 14 individuals, together with two youngsters, have been killed within the border citty of Belgorod.

Ukrainian media, which mentioned greater than 70 drones have been utilized in assaults, mentioned one goal was an digital manufacturing facility within the Bryansk area used to make Russian army gear like long-range missiles and anti-aircraft techniques.

Here’s extra on the 24-hour assault from Chris Stevenson

Alex Ross30 December 2023 22:30