Russian missile strikes hit Ukraine on Christmas weekend

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Ukraine officials say Russia launched more then 40 rocket attacks on Christmas day  

The war in Ukraine continued during the Christmas weekend, as Russia conducted missile strikes, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier calls for negotiations. According to a report by Euronews on Monday, December 26, Ukrainian authorities said that Russia launched more than 40 rockets on Christmas day.  

A statement by Ukraine´s military said that Russia continued shelling dozens of towns in the country in the past 24 hours. “In the Kherson direction, the enemy continues artillery shelling of populated areas along the right bank of the Dnipro River”, said the statement.  

It also added that the areas hit by the Russian shelling included Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkiv, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions. 

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a Christmas day address said that, after the attacks on the country´s power infrastructure, Russia aims to make the remaining days in the year 2022, more difficult.  

A statement by Zelensky quoted in the report said, “Russia has lost everything it could this year, I know darkness will not prevent us from leading the occupiers to new defeats. But we have to be ready for any scenario.” 

Ukraine also decided to celebrate Christmas this year on December 25 instead of the Eastern Orthodox tradition of celebrating it on January 7, which is also followed by Russia.


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