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Russian occupiers demolish parts of bombed Mariupol theatre. The NY Times makes allegations against a unit of the Russian military. News ticker about the war in Ukraine.

+++ 10.15 am: A Russian bomb attack on a theater in Mariupol in mid-March caused international horror. The news agency reported that there were up to 600 people AP He died at that time. Now the invaders are finally preparing to destroy the bombed building. They had already “torn off half of the theater,” wrote Petro Andreyushchenko In Telegram. Ukraine’s mayor’s adviser said parts of the building were “direct evidence of war crimes committed by the Russian military.” “So in two days it won’t even be a physical reminder.”

A bombed theater in the port city of Mariupol. © Alexey Kudenko/Imago Images

+++ 9.00 am: At a press conference Vladimir Putin uses the word “war” for the first time, when he talked about the conflict in Ukraine. So an opposition politician from St. Petersburg complained that Putin had disparaged the military.

Ukraine War News: Russian unit allegedly involved in massacre at Bucha

+++ 7.55 am: After months of research into the massacre in the Kiev suburb of Bucha, The The New York Times Serious allegations against a unit of the Russian army. Published by an American newspaper A video Along with background information and the results of their investigations, paratroopers from the 234th Airborne Division were responsible for the deaths of dozens of civilians on Jablunska Street in Bucha. According to Ukrainian sources, more than 460 bodies were found in Bucha in April after the Russian army withdrew. Russia denies responsibility for these crimes, claiming that footage of the dead was fabricated.

Ukraine War News: Melnik Demands German Tanks

Update from 6:20 am on Friday, December 23: Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Andriy Melnyk has again demanded that the central government provide battle tanks and armored personnel carriers for defense against Russia. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) “finally reconsidered the regulation, for example, of the Leopard battle tank and the Mortar infantry fighting vehicle,” said Ukraine’s former ambassador to Germany. Editorial Network Germany. “If the federal government does not want to go it alone with supplies, Germany can continue to play a leading role on the continent, creating a European tank alliance.”

According to a media report, the US Department of Defense is considering training Ukrainian soldiers on the Patriot air defense system at a military base in the US. It is reported that Politics citing two Pentagon officials. So far, Ukrainian soldiers have only trained in various armed forces within Europe, including Germany. A staff member said it was possible to conduct patriotic training in Europe, but there were too many logistical difficulties.

Ukraine war news: Zelenskyj happy with “good results”

Update as of Friday, December 23, 6:00 a.m.: The US announced another $1.85 billion military aid package when Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Washington on Wednesday (December 21). It also includes the Patriot battery, which requires extensive training to use effectively. The air defense system is designed to make Russian missile and drone attacks on the civilian infrastructure of an attacked country more difficult.

US Government: Tens of thousands of Wagner mercenaries stationed in Ukraine

+++ 9.25 pm: According to the US government, tens of thousands of mercenaries from the Russian Wagner group are stationed in Ukraine. An estimated 50,000 mercenaries, including 40,000 criminals, are currently stationed in Ukraine, White House Communications Director John Kirby said in Washington.

In the last few weeks alone there are about 1,000 Wagner mercenaries Killed in the fight. Kirby said 90 percent of them are criminals. The prisoners came from Russian prisons.

BND employees were arrested on suspicion of spying for Russia

+++ 7.40 pm: The Federal Public Prosecutor has arrested an employee of the Federal Intelligence Service (BNT) on suspicion of treason. As authorities in Karlsruhe announced on Thursday (December 22), he allegedly passed information to the Russian intelligence service this year. Content is a state secret. The German was arrested yesterday (December 21) in Berlin.

Russian Wagner group reportedly bought North Korean weapons for Ukraine war

+++ 6.42 pm: Wagner Group, a Russian mercenary group reporting to Vladimir Putin, has sent weapons from North Korea to support Moscow’s forces in Ukraine, the US has said. “We can confirm that North Korea completed an initial weapons shipment to Wagner Group last month North Korea supplied missiles to Russiawill be used by Wagner,” an unnamed US official told the news agency Reuters.

Ukraine war: G7 pledges $32 billion to Ukraine

+++ 5.50 PM: The G7 pledged $32 billion in financial aid to Ukraine. In a statement released by the central government Explanation The G7 announced that it would pledge up to $32 billion to support Ukraine in 2023.

Ukraine War: Zelensky meets Tuda on his way back to Kiev

+++ 5.05 pm: On his way back from the US, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Poland. There he met Andrej Duda. Zelenskyj shared a video on his Telegram channel in which he met Duda. The two heads of state “discussed strategic plans for the future, bilateral relations and cooperation in 2023 at the international level,” Zelensky said. He called Duda a “friend of Ukraine” and thanked him for his “constant and powerful support”.

+++ 4:28 pm: According to the Russian chief of staff, the situation on the front in Ukraine has stabilized. The military leadership in Moscow considers its own positions in the occupied territories of Ukraine safe. “Taking into account the measures taken to strengthen the combat effectiveness of the troops, the situation on the front line has been stabilized,” Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov said on Thursday.

Russia is now focusing on the “liberation” of the Donetsk region. That’s where the heaviest fighting is currently taking place, particularly in the suburbs of Donetsk and the industrial city of Pakmut, where heavy fighting continues to erupt. The Ukrainians suffered heavy losses, Gerasimov explained. Despite $100 billion worth of arms supplies from the West, Ukrainian air defenses are helpless against Russian supersonic missiles.

Russia to launch another missile attack on Ukraine

+++ 4.10 pm: Russia is likely to launch a full-scale missile attack on Ukraine on December 22 or 23. News portal reports Ukraine Pravda Refers to informants from the Security Intelligence Service of Ukraine. Russia will use all cruise missiles with a range of 500 km or more, the report said. At least 67 cruise missiles and unmanned drones are expected to hit targets in Ukraine. In the last major attack on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, Russia launched 74 rockets. The information has not been independently verified.

Ukraine war: Russia executes life sentences for “saboteurs”

+++ 3.45 pm: The Russian lower house has passed severe punishments for “subversives”. As the Duma announced on Wednesday, the relevant law was passed by the deputies on Wednesday. According to the law, domestic and foreign “subversives” can be sentenced to life imprisonment.

In this way, “our country and our citizens must be protected from terrorist threats and sabotage,” Duma said. Its head, Vyacheslav Volodin, also mentioned the ongoing “military special operation” in Ukraine. Punishments for vandals “should be as severe as possible.” For the law to take effect, it still needs to be passed by the upper house and signed by President Vladimir Putin.

Russian Army ‘On the March Again’: Troop Movement in Mariupol

Report from Thursday, December 22, 10:30 am: KYIV – Russian troop movements reported in Mariupol. The troops are “clear reinforcements,” Petro Andryushchenko, an adviser to the port city’s mayor, told Telegram. “That [russische] The army is on the rise again. The priority direction of movement is Mariupol-Mankhush-Berdyansk. There is still a large manpower, at least 15 tanks and all kinds of military equipment in tank transporters found in two days,” Andryushchenko said. He also posted pictures of the instruments he visited.

As Russia moves troops Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has made a short visit to the United States. There he delivered a speech of thanks US Congress America for support against Russia. “Despite all odds and doomsday scenarios, Ukraine has not collapsed. Ukraine is alive,” Zelensky said before both houses of parliament on Wednesday evening. It was his first official trip abroad since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He is due back in Kiev on Thursday after a half-day trip.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy He called for the heavy weapons his country needed for victory against Russia. The America The Patriots have promised more supplies in the form of an air defense system, but that’s not enough, according to Zelenskyj. Instead, he called for American tanks and planes. So far, under the US government Joe Biden Kiev Nearly $22 billion in military aid was provided. (Editorial with agencies)

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