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+++ 4.25 pm: Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has announced plans to significantly increase the country’s armed forces. He proposes increasing the number of soldiers to 1.5 million, Shoigu told an expanded Defense Ministry meeting chaired by Kremlin President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday (Dec 21). This corresponds to an increase of 350,000 players. The Kremlin leader agreed to the proposals.

After all, regular players clearly need to be filled. Their numbers are expected to rise to 695,000. At the same time, the age of conscription for youth will be extended. Shoigu proposes a maximum of 30 years. Until now, mainly young people after the age of 18 were invited in Russia.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. © dpa

According to Skoiku, all this is to facilitate the necessary expansion of the armed forces due to NATO expansion. So the 67-year-old called for new units to be set up, particularly in northwest Russia bordering new NATO countries Sweden and Finland.

Update on Ukraine war: Putin talks about problems in the military

+++ 3.10 pm: In a speech to military experts in Moscow, Vladimir Putin pledged unlimited financial support to the military. He would give the Russian army “everything the army asks for”. Putin said there are no financial restrictions on government-sponsored equipment and devices. At the same time, he acknowledged that the partial demobilization he ordered in September had not gone smoothly and that there were other unspecified problems in the army.

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Ukraine war news: Russian attacks in Kherson region

+++ 1 PM: Vitaly Kim, governor of Mykolaiv province, reported on Russian attacks in the Kherson region. In the past few days, there have been 71 attacks in the area, leaving one dead and six injured.

Since the city was liberated by Ukrainian forces on November 11, Kherson and its surrounding areas have come under regular fire from Russian artillery and missile systems. Two people – a mother and a child – were wounded in a Russian attack on the southern city of Ochakiv.

Ukraine war news: People are dying in Donetsk region at the hands of Russia

+++ 11.12 am: Two people were killed and 8 injured in the Donetsk region of Russia last day. The portal informs this Kyiv Independent.

Accordingly, Russian forces shelled the entire front line from Wuhleder to Lyman, causing damage and destruction to residential areas.

Ukraine war news: Russia consolidates position in hard-fought Pakmut

+++ 9.45 am: As the British Ministry of Defense suspected, Russia may have strengthened its position in Pakmut; Street fights will continue. According to the British Ministry of Defence, the Russian military and representatives of the Wagner Group have made minor advances on the eastern edge of the Bagmut.

According to the UK Ministry of Defence, heavy fighting has been going on in the Bagmut sector since June 2022, but the front lines are mainly in the open air around the city’s eastern approaches.

Putin discussed the situation with the leaders of the occupied eastern Ukrainian regions

Updated as of December 21, 6:20 am: Kremlin President Putin discussed the current situation on the front lines in Moscow on Tuesday with the occupation leaders assigned to the eastern Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk. According to the state news agency Tass, Putin pointed to a very difficult situation in both regions. In talks with Donetsk occupation leader Denis Puschilin and his Lugansk counterpart Leonid Paschetschin, Putin first wanted to tackle the “key issues” of water supply, heating and sanitation services for citizens in the two occupied regions. . Only then will we move on to security issues.

Meanwhile, after Zelensky’s arrival, heavy fighting broke out again near Baghmut, the leading city in the east. “The enemy continues its efforts in offensive operations against Bakmut and Avdivka,” the general staff said in Kyiv on Tuesday evening. Among other things, tank attacks were reported from the region, as well as artillery fire and isolated Russian airstrikes.

North of it, Russian troops were trying to gain better positions near Kubzhansk. There, the Russian military used “its full spectrum” of artillery against at least 15 settlements. Information from Kyiv could not be independently verified initially.

Putin by decree: Remobilization in Russia?

+++ 10.50 PM: After partial demobilization in Russia ended, 300,000 Russian reservists were drafted for the Ukraine war in the fall, with ruler Vladimir Putin repeatedly promising his people no further mobilization. Now there are the first signs that it might be coming. Ukrainian media expect this Ukraine PravdaIt reported on the Kremlin ruler’s decree on Tuesday evening.

State news agency reported RIA Novosti Putin has instructed his government to set up a task force to mobilize and train new recruits and report to him regularly. Ukrainian online media cited that “the working group should take care of coordination of government bodies and organizations on issues related to training and mobilization, as well as social and legal protection of Russian citizens engaged in military special operations.” and their relatives”. The committee must submit monthly reports to Putin.

Action Belarus: Force moves toward Ukraine again

+++ 10.10 pm: According to Secret Service reports, more and more military equipment is being transported to Ukraine from regions in Russia’s Far East. The Ukrainian Civil Service announced this in its situation report on Tuesday evening. Accordingly, Russia currently transports gasoline, lubricants and ammunition from the eastern parts of the country to the west.

+++ 7.45 pm: Hackers monitoring the situation in Belarus have again noticed an increased movement of Russian troops from the interior to the Ukrainian border. News portal reports Ukraine Pravda. Apart from tanks, transporters and military equipment, personnel were also taken towards the border. Observers assumed that the reason for the transfer was a less well-planned attack than joint maneuvers with Belarusian troops, as the units would not be sufficient for another attack from the north.

Belarus and its ruler Alexander Lukashenko are considered Russia’s closest allies. Since the start of the Russian offensive on Ukraine, the country has provided logistics and training areas and offensive positions for the Russian military. At the start of the war ten months ago, a Russian battle group advancing from Belarus reached the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, but was then forced to retreat after fierce fighting by the Ukrainians.

Big video conference: Putin and Shoigu present military plans for 2023

+++ 6.05 pm: In a video conference with thousands of participants on Wednesday, Russian ruler Vladimir Putin and his defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, are set to present Russia’s military strategy for 2023. This was reported by AFP news agency.

According to this, Putin, together with his minister, wants to talk with high-level military representatives “about the state of military special operations” and announce the goals for 2023. At the same time, for the first time since 2001, Putin has decided not to hold an annual press conference at the end of the year. While Ukraine’s leading representatives expect another attempt to seize Kyiv next spring, the secret service in Moldova is also warning of an imminent Russian attack.

Zelensky’s Dangerous Visit to Pakmut on Ukraine War: “Courageous President”

+++ 1.15 pm: President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy On Tuesday, he visited the city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine. Zelensky spoke to military representatives there and presented awards to the soldiers, a presidential office spokesman said.

According to the Ukrainian President’s Office, Bakhmut is currently the center of fighting on the eastern front of the country. This visit is considered the most dangerous visit to the Zelensky front. “Zelensky in Pachmat. A brave president of a brave nation,” commented Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov in a telegram.

Russia’s Attacks on Infrastructure in Kiev – The “New Reality” in the Ukraine War

Report from December 20: Kiev/Moscow – The Russian war in Ukraine has now lasted 300 days. He was the head of the Kremlin Vladimir Putin At the beginning of the offensive, it assumed that it would conquer the neighboring country in a few days, but Ukraine has so far withstood the aggressor and has already recovered the lost territories.

In the East, competition is even fiercer And especially in the area around Donetsk. On Monday (December 19), Ukraine’s Defense Ministry reported heavy fighting again, with Ukrainian units shelling Russian positions on Monday. Meanwhile, a Russian artillery attack on the southern city of Cherson, which was liberated from Ukraine a few weeks ago, killed one person, the private agency Union reported. Several administrative buildings were hit in the attack.

Ukraine war news: Russia’s attacks on infrastructure worry Kiev

People also died in the southern Kherson region. According to Governor Yaroslav Yanushevich, on December 19, Russian forces attacked the southern region 42 times with artillery, mortars, MLRS, tanks and rockets. Two people died and three others were injured in a single day.

Russian attacks on infrastructure are worrying Ukrainian officials in Kyiv. Authorities continue to struggle to provide heat and electricity to residents after recent Russian rocket attacks. There was a power outage in Kiev for ten hours. Only 20 percent of citizens had access to electricity. Energy company DTEK describes such blackouts as the “new reality” in Gaya. Russia’s military strategy is evident Currently targeting public distribution channels in particular. (Talk to agencies)