At noon Moscow time (10 in Italy) the ceasefire announced by Moscow for the Orthodox Christmas came into effect. “Now the Russians want to use Christmas as a cover to stop the advance of our guys in the Donbass for a while and bring equipment, ammunition and mobilize closer to our positions.” The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, is convinced that the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is using the so-called “truce” to stop, at least for a while, the advance of the armed forces of Ukraine in the east. “What will be the result? Just another increase in the casualty count. Everyone in the world knows how the Kremlin uses the lull in the war to continue the confrontation with renewed vigor,” says Zelensky. Even the President of the European Council Charles Michel is convinced of the hypocrisy of the Kremlin head’s announcement. And the Biden administration speaks of a “cynical truce” for the sole purpose of “gaining a breath of fresh air”
The ceasefire announced by Russia has entered into force
At noon Moscow time (10 am in Italy) the Christmas ceasefire in military operations in Ukraine announced by Russia officially entered into force, which will last until midnight (10 pm Italian) tomorrow.
US sources: economic interests of the Wagner group in Bakhmut
The Wagner group fights in Bakhmut, a Ukrainian city, to gain control of the salt and gypsum mines. This was reported by a White House official, quoted by the Guardian. The Wagner Group, founded and led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, reportedly has economic interests in the mine.
Gb: pro-Russian militias integrated into the armed forces of Moscow
The pro-Russian militias of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, in the Ukrainian Donbass, which fight alongside these Moscow troops, were formally integrated into the Russian army last December 31: this is what British intelligence claims today in its daily briefing on the war in Ukraine, quoted by the Guardian.
The same bulletin points out that Moscow now considers these territories to be part of the Russian Federation, but it is stated that they would be perceived as a divisive element in Russia, where according to many they drain financial resources and have a political and diplomatic cost for the country.
Kiev: 453 minors killed since the beginning of the war
Since the beginning of the war, 453 minors have been killed and 877 seriously injured, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office said on Telegram. The very young victims were registered mainly in the Oblasts of Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kiev, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Chernikiv, Lugansk and Dnipropetrovsk.
Among the new US aid to Kiev also 50 Bradley vehicles
The US administration will also include 50 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles in the upcoming package of military assistance to Ukraine, which is expected to be announced today. This was announced by the Reuters agency. On Wednesday, it was US President Joe Biden who teased that Washington was considering supplying Bradley to Ukraine. The package will be worth approximately $2.8 billion.
US State Department: Russian truce is “cynical”
Moscow’s proposal for a 36-hour truce in Ukraine for Orthodox Christmas is “cynical” and is just an attempt by Putin to “gain a shot in the arm”: said US State Department spokesman Ned Price. “There is no word that can better describe (the truce proposal) than ‘cynical’. Our concern (…) is that the Russians seek to exploit any temporary lull in the fighting to rest, recover, regroup and, eventually finish, re-attach,” Price said.
The tank assault over the Russian trenches as in 1916
Japanese Premier Kishida invited to visit Ukraine
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has been invited to visit Ukraine. “Japan stands with the citizens of Ukraine … and takes the appropriate steps as this year’s G7 chairman,” said Japanese cabinet chief Hirokazu Matsuno. Next week, Kishida will visit G7 member countries including France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States, a key diplomatic tour before Japan hosts the annual G7 summit in May in Hiroshima.
Latvia: we want to strengthen Moldova’s resilience
Latvia will pledge to “strengthen Moldova’s resilience” against threats posed by Russia and to cooperate in its European integration process. This was stated by Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rink?vi?s at the end of the bilateral meeting with his Moldovan counterpart Nicu Popescu held today in Riga.
Zelensky: “Truce only serves to prepare new attacks”
“The Russian authorities want to use Christmas as a cover to stop the advance of our guys in the Donbass, if only for a while, and bring equipment, ammunition and mobilize closer to our positions.” Volodymyr Zelensky said this in his evening message, commenting on the 36-hour truce for Orthodox Christmas requested by Vladimir Putin.
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