Live War in Ukraine – Day 305: Bombings in Kherson / Zelensky: Ukraine Will Create Its Own Christmas Miracle

At least 10 people were killed and 58 injured in a Russian attack on the Ukrainian city of Kherson on Christmas Eve. The area was targeted by 74 Russian strikes, with 66 cars set on fire in a residential area of ​​the city due to bombings. Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the “terrorist act”. In a message on Saturday, Zelenskiy said Ukrainians will create their own Christmas miracle, however, showing they are determined despite Russian attacks.

Picture from Gerson after the bombingsPhoto: Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP / Profimedia

The most important information about the war in Ukraine – Day 305

10:23 am Vyacheslav Volodin, Speaker of the Lower House of the Russian Parliament, announced that the State Duma. Legislation prepares to introduce more taxes For people who fled the country, as many have done since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24.

08:43 A brief recap of the previous day

  • At least 10 people were killed and 58 wounded in a Russian attack on the newly recaptured Ukrainian city of Kherson on Saturday, hours after Zelenskiy warned of a new wave of Russian attacks over the Christmas period. A pro-Russian official blames Ukrainian troops for the bombing in an attempt to blame Putin’s military.
  • Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said the attack in Kherson was further evidence that Ukraine needed additional security systems.
  • Workers in Russian-occupied Mariupol have begun dismantling a theater in the southern city, which came under a prolonged siege earlier this year in which airstrikes killed hundreds of people.
  • Ukraine has announced that it has killed another 480 Russian soldiers, according to the latest military estimates.
  • A Ukrainian official has called for the destruction of Iran’s drone and missile factories because Russia used them in the war. Zelensky’s adviser, Mihailo Podoliak, said Iran was “blatantly defying the establishment of international sanctions.”
  • Russia has purchased 1,700 Shahed kamikaze drones from Iran, the head of Ukraine’s intelligence directorate, Krylo Budanov, told the New York Times.
  • The Netherlands has pledged 2.5 billion euros to aid Ukraine in 2023, with most of the money earmarked for military aid.
  • Russian troops attacked settlements near the town of Bahmut in eastern Ukraine in a single day with tanks, mortars, artillery and rocket launchers.
  • Rock band Pink Floyd raised $600,000 for Ukraine with the song Hey Hey Rise Up.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a Christmas Eve message on Saturday that despite Russian attacks that have left millions in the dark, Ukrainians will create their own Christmas miracle.
  • The head of a Russian shipyard where missile-capable submarines are being built has died suddenly.
  • A Ukrainian court has sentenced four Russian prisoners of war to 11 years each for war crimes, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) announced on Saturday.
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