Unfortunately, Christmas Day did not start very peacefully in Ukraine. There was an air alarm in all regions on Sunday morning, instead of Christmas carols, sirens sounded in the cities of the war-torn country, according to the authorities. According to unconfirmed reports on social media in Ukraine, the alarm may have been triggered after Russian warplanes took off from Belarus. Reuters could not immediately independently confirm this information.
In the southern Ukrainian city of Cherson, the number of dead from artillery fire and explosions has risen to 16, according to authorities. In addition, 64 people were injured by Russian attacks, said the Ukrainian military governor Yaroslav Yanushevich on Sunday in his channel in the news service Telegram. Among the dead are three men who died during mine clearance work. The Ukrainian authorities had accused Moscow of massive artillery shelling of the center of the city of Kherson, which was once occupied by Russian troops dead and 55 injured spoken. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy published photos of lifeless people in the center of the city recently liberated from Russian occupation on Telegram. Selenskyj condemned the attack as another crime by the “terror state” Russia right before Christmas. There are no military targets there, stressed Zelenskyy. This isn’t a war. “This is terror, this is killing for the sake of intimidation and amusement,” he said. Russia adheres to annexation of Cherson Russia illegally annexed the Cherson region last fall. Ukrainian troops then took the city of Kherson after a withdrawal of Russian forces. The Russian occupiers retreated to the other side of the Dnipro River. According to Ukrainian sources, Russian troops are still shelling the city from other parts of the occupied Kherson region. Most of the area is still controlled by Russian troops. The Kremlin emphasizes that Russia considers the entire Kherson region as its territory and does not give up.