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Russia Ukraine last war: ‘Putin tells Russian defense to ‘up their game’ as Zelenksy warns of Christmas attacks

“We will beat Russia”, says Zelensky

Volodymyr Zelensky has warned of a new wave of Russian attacks over Christmas.

In his late-night address on Friday after returning from a trip to the United States, the Ukrainian president said: “With the festive season fast approaching, Russian terrorists may once again intensify their activities,” he said. he declares. “They have no respect for Christian values ​​or any values ​​for that matter.”

His comments come as Vladimir Putin publicly called Russia’s 10-month invasion of Ukraine a ‘war’ for the first time, while one of his ambassadors warned of the ‘high’ risk of a clash with the United States, with diplomatic relations. in an “ice age”.

Having previously called the invasion a “special military operation”, the president said he wanted to end the war in Ukraine “the sooner the better” through an inevitable “diplomatic solution”.

“Our goal is not to turn the wheel of a military conflict, but, on the contrary, to end this war,” Putin said. “We will work to end it, and the sooner the better, of course.”

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Russia begins demolition of bombed Mariupol theater

Russian authorities have started demolishing part of a historic theater in the occupied Ukrainian city of Mariupol. On Friday, videos posted on Ukrainian and Russian websites showed heavy equipment destroying much of the building, while leaving its facade intact.

Ukrainian officials said the demolition was an attempt to cover up hundreds of deaths in an aerial bombardment in March and wipe out Ukrainian culture.

Russian officials say the demolition is part of plans to rebuild the theater in a city firmly under their control.

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Ukraine calls for ‘liquidation’ of Iranian arms factories

A Ukrainian official has called for the “liquidation” of Iranian arms factories and the arrest of their suppliers, as Kyiv accuses Tehran of planning to supply more weapons to Russia.

Writing on Twitter on Saturday, Ukrainian presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak said Iran “flagrantly humiliates the institution of international sanctions” and called for the destruction of Iranian weapons factories.

Furvah ShahDecember 24, 2022 11:00 am

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Zelensky thanks Biden for his invitation to the United States

Volodymyr Zelensky thanked US President Joe Biden for inviting him to the United States.

Ukraine’s president traveled to Washington, United States, where he met Mr Biden and addressed Congress on his first trip since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

In a Tweet, he wrote: “This visit has shown that our countries stand together on the side of good, democracy and justice.

Furvah ShahDecember 24, 2022 10:30 am

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Putin tells Russian defense industry to up its game for war in Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin has asked Russian defense industry chiefs to up their game to ensure they have enough weapons needed to fight the war in Ukraine.

“The most important task of our military-industrial complex is to provide our units and our frontline forces with everything they need,” he said Friday, December 23.

“Weapons, equipment, ammunition and equipment in the necessary quantities and of the right quality in the shortest possible time.

“It is also important to significantly refine and improve the technical characteristics of the weapons and equipment of our fighters based on the combat experience we have gained,” he added.

Furvah ShahDecember 24, 2022 10:00

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Zelensky sends Christmas wishes to the UK

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wished the UK a Merry Christmas and thanked the British people for their support.

Responding to a tweet posted by Rishi Sunak, he said Ukrainians “feel the light and warmth” of British hearts and together we “will defeat evil and bring peace to Ukraine, Europe and the world”.

Furvah ShahDecember 24, 2022 09:30

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Russia cuts missile attacks due to shortages, Defense Ministry says

Russia is reducing missile attacks in Ukraine due to shortages, the UK Ministry of Defense has said.

In their latest update shared on December 24, they said, “Russia has likely limited its long-range missile strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure to about once a week due to the limited availability of cruise missiles.

“Similarly, it is unlikely that Russia has increased its stockpile of artillery ammunition enough to allow for large-scale offensive operations,” they added.

Furvah ShahDecember 24, 2022 09:00

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Ukraine will open new embassies in 10 African countries.

Ukraine will open new embassies in 10 African countries, President Volodymyr Zelensky has said.

Speaking at a conference on Dec. 23, Ukraine’s president said he plans to increase the country’s presence in Africa by opening new embassies and strengthening trade ties.

He added that there are also plans to develop a “Ukraine-Africa trading house” with offices in the capitals of “the most promising countries” across Africa.

Furvah ShahDecember 24, 2022 08:34

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Families divided by war as Christmas comes early

Olha Komarnytska who lives in Birmingham with her children – Mia, 15, and Volodymyr, 13 – is also set to experience her first Christmas in the UK, alongside her host family.

They arrived in the UK from western Ukraine in May this year.

“We usually celebrate Christmas in January, but a lot of Ukrainians are going to celebrate Christmas in December this year because Russians celebrate Christmas in January and it’s not very good for us because we are fighting with Russia,” he said. Ms. Komarnytska, a 42-year-old woman. said the old cleaner.

She said on December 25, the group is due to attend church together, followed by a Christmas dinner, which will include traditional British and Ukrainian staples.

“I plan to make cabbage with rice, carrot meat and onions and Ukrainian salad with potato, carrot, meat, onions and cucumber,” she said. added.

The family already got into the Christmas spirit by attending a party hosted by Centrala, a Birmingham arts space dedicated to promoting Central and Eastern European art and culture, on December 19, Saint Nicholas Day.

“It was amazing and all the kids there were very happy – they got a lot of presents and they saw Santa Claus and heard Ukrainian music,” she said.

“My son was unfortunately not at the party because he was sick but my daughter was really happy when she went.”

Several family members will be absent from the dinner – Mrs. Komarnytska’s husband, Taras, her mother and father, Anna and Vasyl, and the brothers Dmytro and Vasyl.

“We are so sad because we cannot be with our family because my husband stayed in Ukraine and my mother, my father and my brothers all stayed in Ukraine and we cannot celebrate Christmas with them”, a- she declared.

“It’s not good, we’re not happy – but the situation is very bad because of the war going on in Ukraine and there is a bad situation with electricity where many don’t have it.”

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Ukrainians in UK hope for end of war in 2023

This time of year is also tinged with sadness as Ms Chebizhak usually spent Christmas with her family in Ukraine, whose exact whereabouts cannot be mentioned for security reasons.

“Usually we have traditions where my mother (Tetiana) always prepares 12 dishes which symbolize the 12 months of the year and we make a wish on Christmas Eve and we go to bed and it should come true,” he said. she stated.

Mrs Chebizhak added that her parents are fine but her mother has not put up a Christmas tree due to the ongoing war.

“My sister Anna also lived not far from them and she too went to Greece with her two children, so they are alone and she does not have any grandchildren nearby,” she added.

“My mum and dad could sit together and watch movies or listen to the national anthem of Ukraine and we’ll have a call, but they’re doing fine and well even though the situation isn’t good. .”

As the couple look forward to 2023, Ms Chebizhak said she “dreams of peace in our country”.

“We really hope that the war is over and that we can go back to see Kolya’s father because he misses him very much and is still in the Vinnytska region of Ukraine.”

sam rcainaDecember 24, 2022 05:30

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Ukrainians celebrate first Christmas in UK amid fears for homeland

Ukrainians celebrating their first Christmas in the UK have been busy writing letters to Santa Claus and planning what traditional dishes they plan to cook on the big day, hoping for peace and reuniting with loved ones back home in 2023.

Although she usually celebrates Christmas on January 7 – as determined by the Orthodox Church – Kateryna Chebizhak, 34, who works as a telephone interpreter, and her seven-year-old son Kolya, plan to spend December 25 with friends who live near them in Enfield, north London.

“We have friends here who live next door and we will meet to celebrate,” Ms Chebizhak said.

“I have gifts for Kolya and we will have a nice walk, we could do some crafts and play Uno.”

The couple arrived in the UK in April after fleeing Kyiv, after short spells in Poland and Germany.

She added that when she told her son that children in the UK usually get Christmas gifts on December 25, he started making a list.

“Usually in Ukraine we just get gifts under the Christmas tree in the New Year, but [in the UK] it works differently,” she said.

“Now he’s waiting for his two gifts and he’s really excited.

“As it’s school holidays, he writes letters to Santa Claus.”

Mrs Chebizhak with her son Kolya

sam rcainaDecember 24, 2022 04:30


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