Russian missiles rain on UkraineExplosions were also reported in Kyiv and Lviv (in western Ukraine), which is far from the front line, in Kharkiv (east), Odessa (south), and Sumy (northeast). Energy infrastructure is also being targeted, with cities experiencing power outages and problems with water supplies.
Anti-aircraft defense responds to strikes. Kyiv reported that it shot down 54 of the 69 Russian missiles fired at the country this morning. The capital’s mayor, Vitali Klitschko, said that after today’s attack, 40 percent of Kyiv’s population is without electricity, with residents of the capital reporting explosions in several districts, according to Ukrainian media. According to the mayor, the Ukrainian air defense forces destroyed 15 Russian missiles over Kyiv.
Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushenko said The heavy Russian attack caused damage to the country’s electricity production plants and power grid Despite the excellent work of the air defense. This was reported by the independent Kyiv. The minister explained that the energy situation is particularly difficult in the Kyiv and Odessa regions, as well as in western Ukraine.
Russian defences destroyed an unidentified object in the Engels district of the Saratov region, 500 km from the border with Ukraine. Regional Governor Roman Busargin announces this on his Telegram channel, as reported by TASS. “Air defenses were operating in the Engels area. An unknown object was destroyed. Emergency services were dispatched to the scene. There is no threat to the safety of residents,” the governor said. In the past month, Engels Air Force Base has been hit twice by drones.
According to the Minsk authorities, a Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile landed in Belarus today. According to the Belarusian Belta Agency, President Alexander Lukashenko was informed of the fall of the Ukrainian S-300 aircraft carrier on Belarusian soil. Military and technical officials are on site.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov rejects Zelensky’s peace formula, an “illusion” – Russia does not intend to talk to anyone on the basis of the “peace formula” proposed by Vladimir Zelensky, Kyiv is not ready for dialogue, – said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview with RIA Novosti. “It is clear that Kyiv is not ready for dialogue. Zelensky cherishes the illusion of obtaining, with the help of the West, the withdrawal of our troops from the Russian lands in Donbass, Crimea, Zaporozhye and Kherson, the payment of compensation from part of Russia and international courts ”and the like. “Naturally, there will be no talks under these conditions,” Lavrov said.
Another massive, senseless Russian missile attack on Ukraine, which indiscriminately destroyed infrastructure and medical facilities, and deliberately targeted and killed civilians. There will be no impunity for Russian war crimes. “Our support for Ukraine will continue unabated,” European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell wrote on Twitter.
60% of Ukrainian citizens oppose any peace negotiations with Russia, not even to save lives: this is what emerged from a survey conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Foundation for Democratic Initiatives in cooperation with the Social Service of the Razumkov Center. Ukrinform reports that. “Ukrainian society, after all the crimes committed by Russia, simply does not believe that Russia is capable of concluding solid and lasting peace agreements. We have seen that more than 60% (of respondents) said they do not support negotiations with Russia nor do they support negotiations with Russia,” said Petro Borkowski, CEO of the Foundation. Democratic initiatives: “Even to save lives.” At the same time, he added, 23% – almost one in five – believe that in order to save lives, it is necessary to negotiate with Russia. 17% of respondents reported that they disagree with any of the These statements or they do not have a clear opinion on the matter. Moreover, according to the survey, 93% of those interviewed believe in the victory of Ukraine and only 3% doubt it. Among those who believe in the victory of Kyiv, 39% believe that it will happen before next summer, And 22% think it will happen in a year or two and 20% think it can be achieved in the coming months.The survey was conducted from December 13 to 21 and a total of 2,018 people over the age of 18 were interviewed.
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