Daily News And Information From Ukraine

December 25, 2022
January 5, 2023

Dispatches from Ukraine. Day 305.

As Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are critical. Forbes gathers information and provides updates on the situation.

By Daria Dzysiuk.

Kherson region. Russian forces launch incendiary projectiles at residential areas in Kherson, southern Ukraine. Such ammunition is designed to destroy enemy manpower by creating mass fires that are hard to put out. Using these projectiles against civilians is a war crime, reports Euromaidan press.

Three Ukrainian emergency services workers were killed on Saturday when a landmine exploded during the de-mining process in Kherson region, said their emergency service.

On Christmas eve, December 24, the Russian Army fired MLRS ‘Grad’ rockets at Kherson’s city center, killing at least 10 civilians and injuring 58 more—among them are 18 people in serious condition whom doctors are treating to save their lives, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, said. “The terrorist country continues bringing the Russian world in the form of shelling of the civilian population," Ukrainian President Volodymer Zelenskyy said in response. "Kherson. In the morning, on Saturday, on the eve of Christmas, in the central part of the city. These are not military facilities. This is not a war according to the rules defined. It is terror, it is killing for the sake of intimidation and pleasure. The world must see and understand what absolute evil we are fighting against.”

Kharkiv Region. On Friday morning Russian forces struck the Kupiansks district of the Kharkiv region with mortars, Oleh Synegubov, Head of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration, wrote on December 24. Private households in Podoly village came under fire. As a result, a 72-year-old man died while a 74-year-old woman received blast injuries and shrapnel wounds and was hospitalized.

Finland will supply Ukraine an 11th military vehicle package worth €28.8 million, the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine said on December 24. Moreover, Finnish Defence Forces will remain involved in ongoing educational training of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the UK through the end of 2023. To this end, Finland sent about 20 instructors to the UK-led training program in August 2022. “The AFU are grateful for the support and assistance of Ukraine,” the Ministry’s statement says.

According to an analytical report from the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), a U.S.-based think-tank, published on December 23, Moscow has been preparing to invade Ukraine from the north and perhaps repeat its attempt to attack the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, since at least October. The preparations could either be a regular Russian misinformation operation or reflect the intention of Russian President Vladimir Putin to completely occupy Ukraine.

So far, the existing indicators are ambiguous: a buildup of Russian forces in Belarus most likely indicate a final stage of Russia’s preparation to attack Ukraine rather than just joint training and educational activities of Russian and Belarusian troops.

However, there is no evidence of Moscow forming strike forces in Belarus. “Concern about the possibility that Putin might pursue this MDCOA is certainly not merely a Ukrainian information operation intended to pressure the West into supplying Kyiv with more weapons, as some Western analysts have suggested. ISW continues to assess that a renewed large-scale Russian invasion from Belarus is unlikely this winter, but it is a possibility that must be taken seriously,” the report said.

Russia's initial attack on Ukraine from its northern border with Belarus was an embarrassment for Putin and the Kremlin, as Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers forced the invaders away from Kyiv and back where they'd come from in an operation that led to the destruction of many Russian military units, vehicles and equipment and the total collapse of the entire Russian-Belarussian front.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the shortlists for 10 categories of the 95th Oscars and ‘A House Made of Splinters’ – a Ukrainian documentary film – was listed in the Documentary Feature Film category. 144 films were eligible in this category, only 15 made it to the final list and will advance for the Academy 95th Awards. ‘A House Made of Splinters’ is a Danish-Ukrainian-Swedish 2022 documentary directed by Danish filmmaker Lereng Wilmont. “I am so glad for the little heroes of this film – Kolia, Eva, Sasha, and Alina! They deserve it. I am extremely happy for adult characters – Marharyta Mykolayivna and Olha Victorivna. They proved to be the best teachers. This is such great news for Ukraine in these times,” Azad Safarov, the second director of the film, wrote on Facebook.

Famous Swiss artist, Gerry Hofstetter, and his team did an art show entitled ‘Christmas Light for Hope’ in Kyiv. The event illuminated various Ukrainian historical sites, like St. Andrew's Church, the National Museum of the History of Ukraine, the bell towers of the St. Michael's Golden-domed Monastery and St. Sophia Cathedral, and the building of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine, with authentic Christmas designs and Ukrainian national symbols.

Hofstetter brought his personal generator to Ukraine and deliberately refused to celebrate Christmas with his family in solidarity with Ukraine. Unfortunately, because of today’s shelling of the city of Kherson, which claimed the lives of 10 people, further shows that were supposed to be held on December 24 and 25 have been suspended, Oleksandr Tkachenko, Ukraine’s Minister of Culture and Information Policy, wrote on his social media. “Today we are cancelling light route of Gerry Hofstetter. In memory of tragic events and all the victims may the light burn in the hearts of each of you,” his official comment said.

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