The Russo-Ukrainian War at a glance: What we know 311 days after the invasion | Ukraine

The Russo-Ukrainian War at a glance: What we know 311 days after the invasion | Ukraine

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  • Ukrainian forces are holding their ground against Russian troops in the Eastern Donbas region and are making little progress in some areas, said Vladimir Zelensky. The Ukrainian president added his evening video address that Kyiv has strengthened its anti-aircraft capability and will further strengthen it in the new year to protect itself and the entire European continent. It was not possible to verify his claims.

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says Vladimir Putin has not given up on plans to ‘control Ukraine’ and warned everyone to “prepare for a long time.” Stoltenberg told the dpa news agency that Russia had mobilized “many new troops” and “demonstrated a willingness to suffer painful losses.” “It’s not over,” he said. “We should not underestimate Russia.

  • Vladimir Putin invited his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on a state visit to Moscow next northern spring as Russia seeks to deepen ties with China amid growing international isolation over the war in Ukraine. Speaking to Xi via video conference, Putin said Russia’s ties with China were “the best in history” and expressed its desire to expand military cooperation.

  • The conversation between the two leaders came hours after Ukraine was again attacked by Iranian kamikaze drones. The Ukrainian military said it had shot down all 16 drones it said were sent from the southeast and north. Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, said there were no casualties in the strikes.

  • Belarus has recalled Ukraine’s ambassador, saying it shot down a Ukrainian air defense missile on Belarusian territory. Alexander Volfovich, Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus, has accused Ukraine of trying to “provoke regional conflict”claiming it was “unlikely” the Ukrainian air defense missile taken down on Thursday accidentally entered the airspace of Belarus. A Ukrainian military spokesman said the incident was “the result of air defense”.

  • Zelensky repeated his previous warnings that Moscow may be planning to plunge Ukraine into darkness before the New Year holiday. The latest drone attack comes at the end of a week in which Russian forces began a series of deadly bombings of the recently liberated city of Kherson.

  • Moscow’s exiled chief rabbi says Jews should leave Russia while they still can, before atonements are made for the hardships caused by the war in Ukraine. Pinchas Goldschmidt told the Guardian: “When we look back at Russian history, whenever the political system has been in danger, you have seen the government try to redirect the anger and discontent of the masses to the Jewish community… We see rising anti-Semitism as Russia reverts to a new kind of Soviet Union.” Goldschmidt resigned his post and left Russia in July after refusing to support Putin’s war.

  • The self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk (DPR) and Luhansk (LPR)both being occupied areas of Ukraine that Russia claims to have annexed, have adopted new “constitutions”on This was reported by the Russian state agency TASS. Denis Pushilin is quoted as being the acting leader of the DNR welcoming “the return of Donbass in the bosom of the Russian cultural and historical tradition”.

  • Russia’s richest oligarchs have lost almost $95 billion this year amid sanctions imposed by Western nations about the war in Ukraine – losing $330 million a day since the Kremlin began its invasion. Roman Abramovich, the former owner of Chelsea FC, was the biggest loser, with his fortune falling 57% to $7.8 billion this year, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

  • Britain says it has provided Ukraine with more than 1,000 metal detectors and 100 bomb disposal kits to help clear minefields in the latter case of military support. “This latest package of UK support will help Ukraine safely clear land and buildings as it regains its rightful territory,” British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said. it said in a statement.

  • Vladimir Putin “warmly congratulated” the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the coming new year, adding that “mutually beneficial relations” between the two countries are developing “very dynamically,” the Kremlin said. Putin would not wish a happy new year to Joe Biden, Olaf Scholz, Emmanuel Macron or leaders of other “unfriendly countries,” it added.

  • The chief of EurovisionMartin Osterdahl said this to BBC radio Russia’s ongoing ban from the international song contest has been difficult, but the event must uphold the “fundamental and supreme values ​​of democracy”.

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