Ukraine news latest — Putin launches 'massive attack' on Kyiv despite Russia's 'defensive vulnerability' | The Sun

Ukraine news latest — Putin launches 'massive attack' on Kyiv despite Russia's 'defensive vulnerability' | The Sun

VLADIMIR Putin has launched a "massive missile attack" on multiple areas of Ukraine this morning including the capital city.

Oleksii Kuleba, head of Kyiv's regional military administration, said in a post on Telegram: "The enemy is massively attacking."

Kyiv’s mayor Vitali Klitschko has reported explosions in the north-eastern Desna district of Kyiv, as authorities claim the attacks are targeting Ukraine’s power grid.

The deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, Kyrylo Tymoshehnko, has claimed there could be casualties underneath ruble as one missile hit a residential building in Kryvih Rih.

It comes as the UK's Ministry of Defence has claimed in their latest intelligence update that Russian forces have been establishing defensive positions that are likely to be "vulnerable to modern, precision indirect strikes".

Read our Ukraine-Russia live blog below for the latest news…

  • Louis Allwood

    Energy shutdowns

    The deputy head of Ukraine's presidential administration has said that power shutdowns have been introduced across the country.

    Authorities said infrastructure had been hit in the eastern region of Kharkiv, the Black Sea region of Odesa and in Vinnytsia in west-central Ukraine in the latest big wave of missile strikes since October.

    Kharkiv, the central city of Poltava and parts of Kyiv were left without electricity and the northern Sumy region suffered power outages.

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    Russia seeks long confrontation in Ukraine says nation’s military

    Russia is seeking to turn the war in Ukraine into a long military confrontation and is training new divisions on the territory of neighbouring Belarus, a senior Ukrainian military officer said on Thursday.

    Brigadier general Oleksiy Gromov told a news briefing that the likelihood of a military operation being launched from Belarusian territory remained low.

    Mr Gromov said: “The Kremlin… is seeking to turn the conflict into a prolonged armed confrontation.”

    Head of the presidential office, Andriy Yermak, posted on Telegram: “The enemy is shelling Kherson, trying to pretend to be active in the north.

    “They are crawling like zombies on our positions in Bakhmut, creating pressure in the south of the Donetsk region.”

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    Residents warned of more power cuts

    Ukraine's railway operator said a number of railway lines were left without power.

    Officials in the Zaporizhzhia region warned residents to expect more power cuts as engineers try to repair damage caused by the Russian attacks.

    Regional governor Oleksandr Starukh wrote on Telegram: "We know of 15 impacts by Russian missiles (in the region).

    "We ask citizens to prepare for possible temporary restrictions during restoration of damaged infrastructure."

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    One of Russia’s wealthiest oligarchs sanctioned by US

    Vladimir Potanin, former Russian deputy prime minister and one of Russia’s wealthiest oligarchs, has been sanctioned by the US government for ties to the Russian war in Ukraine and Vladimir Putin.

    Antony Blinken, US secretary of state, said: “The United States continues to impose costs on Russia for its war of aggression against Ukraine.

    “Russia’s attacks have devastated Ukraine’s critical infrastructure and caused extraordinary death and destruction.

    “Today, we are announcing additional sanctions measures on the Russian federation and its enablers.

    “Our actions today are a clear message that the United States will not hesitate to continue to use the tools at our disposal to promote an end to, and accountability for, president Putin’s unconscionable war.”

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    Two dead and five wounded

    Two people have died after Putin launched a "massive" missile attack on Ukraine.

    An official has confirmed two deaths in the southern city of Kryvyi Rih and at least five people were wounded in the attack.

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    Entire Kherson Fine Arts Museum collection stolen by Russian officials

    The Kherson Fine Arts Museum has been almost completely emptied by Russian officials, according to reports.

    Nearly nothing remains from over 14,000 works previously in its collection.

    A key component of Russia’s withdrawal from Kherson was the looting of anything deemed to be of cultural or financial value.

    Items stolen include public monuments, hospital equipment and a raccoon living in Kherson Zoo.

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    Holodomor famine recognised as genocide by European parliament

    Holodomer, the great famine between 1932 and 1933 in Soviet Ukraine in which millions of Ukrainians and Kazakhs died, has been recognised as genocide by an overwhelming majority in the European parliament.

    Historians widely agree the famine was caused by Soviet policy decisions, such as rejecting outside aid, confiscating food and restricting population movement.

    The name Holodomor combines the Ukrainian words for “starvation” and “to inflict death”.

    Stella Kyriakides, European commissioner for health and food safety said: “The Holodomor is one of the major tragedies of the 20th century.”

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    Russia to overcome impact of sanctions by selling gas to eastern neighbours

    Vladimir Putin said Russia will overcome sanctions imposed by western countries by developing relationships with countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    Putin intends to do this by strengthening ties with Russia’s eastern neighbours.

    Putin said: “We will remove restrictions in logistics and finance.

    “Let me remind you that by introducing sanctions, western countries were trying to push Russia to the periphery of world development.

    “But we will never take the route of self-isolation.

    “On the contrary, we are broadening, and will broaden, cooperation with all who have an interest in that.”

    Russia’s GDP is expected to fall by 2.5% in 2022.

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    Ukraine agrees to new deal with the International Energy Agency 

    The Ukrainian government has signed a new deal with the International Energy Agency to develop renewable energy sources across the country.

    This new, two-year, plan comes amid constant Russian strikes on Ukrainian energy infrastructure, often leaving millions without power.

    Interfax news agency reported that the energy minister, German Galushchenko, said: “Tightened security and transition to carbon-free energy are fundamental principles on which the recovery of Ukraine’s energy sector will be based. We are not dropping our previous plans to develop renewable energy sources and join the global green transition trend.

    “The joint programme should help utilise high-quality expertise and widely implement best international practices and advanced technology for rebuilding Ukraine’s modern energy system.”

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    Breaking – Russia 'launch missile attack' on Kyiv

    According to reports, Russia has launched a "massive missile attack" on Kyiv.

    Kyiv’s mayor Vitaliy Klitschko has reported explosions in the north-eastern Desna district of Kyiv

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    Ukrainian armed forces advance almost 1.5km near Dibrova

    Ukrainian armed forces have advanced almost 1.5km near the village of Dibrova, Luhansk Oblast.

    During a briefing yesterday, Oleksii Hromov, brigadier general deputy head, said: “During the offensive actions, the Armed Forces have advanced by 1.5 kilometres in the area of the village of Dibrova.”

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    Top Ukrainian official warns Kremlin wants to ‘conquer all of Ukraine’

    Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Defence Hanna Malyar warned the world against “relaxing” their opposition to Russia.

    “We and the world should not relax, because the ultimate goal of the Russian Federation is to conquer all of Ukraine, and then it can move on,” said Malyar.

    This comes after the Kremlin launched a new wave of attacks at the under-siege nation, leaving thousands without power.

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    Top Ukrainian general ‘knows’ he can beat Russia

    Speaking in an interview with the Economist, Ukraine’s commander-in-chief, General Valeriy Zaluzhny, said he “knows” his troops can defeat Russia.

    “I know that I can beat this enemy,” the general said.

    “But I need resources. I need 300 tanks, 600-700 ifvs (infantry fighting vehicles) 500 Howitzers.”

    This comes just days after it was announced 70 nations from across the globe had donated $1billion in aid to Ukraine this winter, in a bid to help repel Russia’s advances.

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    Children’s torture camps discovered in previously Russian-occupied territories

    During the occupation of Kharkiv and Kherson, Russian forces set up torture chambers for children, Dmytro Lubinets, Ukrainian parliament commissioner for human rights, told reporters in the Ukrinform media centre on December 14.

    The children held in torture chambers were reportedly deemed to have resisted, with Russian occupiers claiming the children had been abandoned by their parents, or that the children would not return to them.

    Lubinets said: “There was a 14-year old boy who was detained and held in the torture chamber for photographing Russian equipment on his phone.”

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    Olympic neutral flag for Russia rejected by Ukraine

    The US has been open to the possibility of Russian and Belarusian athletes competing at the Olympics under a neutral flag, but on Wednesday Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky told IOC chief Thomas Bach that Kyiv wants Russia’s “complete isolation”.

    Last week Bach said the status of Russian and Belarusian athletes’ participation in the 2024 Paris Games was unclear.

    But Zelensky said in a statement: “One cannot try to be neutral when the foundations of peaceful life are being destroyed and universal human values are being ignored.”

    He said the only response is “the complete isolation of the terrorist state on the international stage. In particular, this applies to international sports events.”

    Russian forces have killed 184 Ukrainian athletes since the war started, according to Kyiv.

    Zelensky later said in a video address: “We can only say one thing: a white or any neutral flag is impossible for Russian athletes, as all their flags are stained in blood.”

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    Over a third of Ukrainian refugees who fled to Germany would like to stay

    A German poll has shown that the majority of Ukrainian refugees who fled to Germany feel welcome, and 37% would like to live there permanently.

    The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees’ poll showed 34% plan to stay until the end of the war, with 27% undecided on where they will settle in the future.

    Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, over a million refugees escaped to Germany. Only Poland has welcomed more.

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    Russian Embassy in Washington warns US about providing Patriot to Ukraine

    The Russian Embassy in Washington has issued a warning against supplying Ukraine with the Patriot missile defence system.

    The embassy posted on Telegram: “Even without providing the Patriot, the US is getting deeper and deeper into the conflict in the post-Soviet republic.

    “The United States is responsible for prolonging and escalating the Ukrainian conflict.”

    Officials in Washington have hinted an announcement on the decision to provide the Patriot to Ukraine could be made today.

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    'Christmas ceasefire' dismissed

    A KREMLIN spokesperson has dismissed the chance of a so-called "Christmas ceasefire" in Ukraine, as Putin continues to bombard the country.

    When asked if a ceasefire could occur this Christmas, Putin lackeyDmitry Peskov said: “No, no such offers have been received from anybody. This topic is not on the agenda.”

    This comes as residents in the Ukrainian city of Kherson have been left without electricity once again, according to the head of the regional military administration for the region.

    Yaroslav Yanushevich stated on Thursday that the region does not have working electricity due to Russian shelling that killed two people this morning.

    Posting on the Telegram messaging app, he said: "At the first opportunity, the power industry will begin to restore power grids."

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