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© Reuters. The smoke rises from the apartment buildings damaged by missile strikes, while Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, with intense bombardments on Christmas Day on the front line in Bakhmut. Ukraine, December 25, 2022. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

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By Pavel Politsiuk and Guy Faulconbridge

KVIV / MOSCOU (Reuters) – The Russian forces bombarded cities in Ukraine on Christmas Day while Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was open to negotiations, a position that Washington rejected because of the continuation of Russian attacks.

On Sunday, Russia launched more than 10 rocket attacks on the Koupiansk District in the Kharkiv region, bombed more than 25 cities along the Koupiansk-Lyman front line and hit nearly 20 cities in Zaporizhzhia, he said le haut commandement militaire ukrainien.

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday that it had killed 60 Ukrainian soldiers the night before along the Kupiansk-Lyman contact line and destroyed numerous Ukrainian military equipment.

Reuters has not been able to verify the information in an independent manner.

The invasion of Ukraine by Putin on February 24 – which Moscow calls a “special military operation” – triggered the largest European conflict since the Second World War and the confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cuban Missile Crisis since 1962.

Malgré la dernière offer de negociazione de Poutine, il n’y a pas de fin en vue au conflit de 10 mois.

“Nous sommes prêts à negocier avec toutes les personnes involved sur des solutions acceptables, mais cela dépend d’eux – ce n’est pas nous qui refusons de negocier, c’est eux”, declared Putin on television d’État Rossiya 1 dans une interview diffuse dimanche.

The Council of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, said that Putin devait revenir à la réalité et reconnaisance que c’était la Russie qui ne voulait pas de pourparlers.

“La Russie a attaké à elle seule l’Ukraine et tue des toyens,” Councilor Mikhail Padalyak tweeted. “La Russie ne veut pas de négociations, mais essaie d’evitar toute responsabilité.” »

The Russian attacks on power plants have left millions of people without electricity, and Zelenskiy has declared that Moscow will aim to make the last days of 2022 dark and difficult.

“La Russie a perdu tout ce qu’elle pouvait cette année.” … Je sais que l’obscurité ne nous empêchera pas de mener les occupiers à de nouvelles défaites. Mais nous devons être prêts à tout scénario”, he declared in a video speech on Christmas Eve.

L’Ukraine does not traditionally celebrate Christmas on December 25, but on January 7, like Russia. Cependant, this year, certain Orthodox Ukrainians have decided to celebrate the feast on December 25 and Ukrainian leaders, starting with Zelenskiy and the Ukrainian Prime Minister, have given Christmas wishes on Sunday.

Le Kremlin dit qu’il se battra jusqu’à ce que tous ses objective territorialiaux soient atteints, tandis que Kyiv dit qu’il ne reposera pas tant que tous les soldiers russes ne seront pas expulsés du pays.

When he was asked if the geopolitical conflict with the Occident was approaching a dangerous level, Putin answered on Sunday: “I don’t think it’s dangerous.”

Kyiv and the Occident say that Putin has no justification for what they are presenting as a war of occupation in imperial style.

ROCKET BELARUS

The Russian-supplied Iskander tactical missile systems, capable of transporting nuclear warheads, and the S-400 air defense systems have been deployed in Belarus and are ready to accomplish the planned tasks, a high-ranking official from the ministry said on Sunday. Minister of Defense.

“Nos militaires, nos équipages ont entièrement termine leur formation dans les centers d’entraînement au combat conjoints des forces armées de la Fédération de Russie et de la République de Biélorussie,” said Leonid Kosinski, head of the main department of ideology au ministrère, dans une video published on the Telegram messaging application.

“These types of weapons (Iskander and S-400 systems) are in combat service today and they are perfectly prepared to carry out the tasks for which they are intended,” added Kasinsky.

On ne sait pas combien de systèmes Iskander ont été deployed en Biélorussie après que Putine declarée en juin que Moscou les fournirait à Minsk ainsi que les systèmes de defense aerienne.

The news follows Putin’s visit to Minsk on December 19 amid fears in Kyiv that he will put pressure on Belarus to join a new ground offensive and open a new front in his imminent invasion.

The Russian forces used Belarus as a launching pad for their aborted attack on the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, in February, and there was a growing recrudescence of Russian and Belarusian military activities in these last months.

L’Iskander-M, a mobile missile guidance system named “SS-26 Stone” by l’OTAN, instead of the Soviet “Scud”. Guided missiles have a range of 500 km (300 miles) and can transport conventional or nuclear warheads.

Cette gamme atteint profoundly les voisins de la Biélorussie: l’Ukraine et la Pologne, membre de l’NATO, qui entretient des relations très tendues avec Minsk.

The S-400 system is a Russian mobile system of interception of surface-to-air missiles (SAM) capable of engaging aircraft, drones, cruise missiles and anti-ballistic missile defense capability.

Explosions were heard on the Russian Engels Air Force base, hundreds of kilometers (miles) from the Ukrainian front lines, Ukrainian and Russian media reported on Monday.

Il n’y a pas eu de confirmation officielle immediate et Reuters n’a pas été en mesure de verifier les informations de manière indépendante.

The air base, near the city of Saratov, approximately 730 km (450 miles) southeast of Moscow, was hit on December 5 in what Russia described as Ukrainian drone attacks against two Russian air bases. ce jour-là. Les frappes ont porté un coup major à la reputation de Moscou et ont raised des questions sur les raisons de l’échec de ses défenses, ont declarée des analysts.

L’Ukraine has never publicly claimed responsibility for attacks inside Russia, but it has however declared that such incidents were the “karma” of the Russian invasion.