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Russian troops stepped up the tempo of their relentless assaults on Bakhmut and Avdiyivka in Ukraine’s Donetsk area, the Normal Workers of the Ukrainian navy stated on December 15, as Moscow continued to pound your complete entrance line within the east after a largely failed drone assault on Kyiv and a lethal bombardment on Kherson within the south.

The Normal Workers stated Russians are looking for to stabilize their tactical positions round Kupyansk within the jap Harkov area and Zaporizhzhya within the southeast.

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“The enemy carried out 31 air strikes and eight missile strikes on the civilian infrastructure of the Donetsk area, and likewise fired 61 rockets from a number of rocket methods,” the Normal Workers reported, including that the specter of air and missile strikes by Russian troops on civilian infrastructure stays excessive all through Ukraine.

A Moscow-installed official, in the meantime, stated Ukrainian forces staged their heaviest shelling assault in years within the nation’s Russian-controlled east on December 15.

Aleksei Kulemzin, the Russian-backed mayor of Donetsk metropolis, stated 40 rockets had been fired from BM-21 Grad a number of rocket launchers at civilians within the metropolis middle within the early hours.

Kulemzin’s declare couldn’t be independently verified.

On December 14, a swarm of Russian drones broken two administrative buildings in Kyiv however was largely repelled by the Ukrainian air-defense system, whereas a brand new spherical of Russian shelling of the lately liberated metropolis of Kherson killed two individuals — a lady and an 8-year-old boy.

As Moscow stored up the unabated stress on the entire entrance line and continued to focus on civilian areas, Ukrainian Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba warned on December 14 that Russia’s functionality to launch a “main offensive could also be restored” by the tip of January or February.

“They undoubtedly nonetheless hope that they may be capable to break by means of our strains and advance deeper into Ukraine,” Kuleba instructed overseas journalists in a bomb shelter in Kyiv, based on CNN.

Kuleba stated there are indicators that Russia nonetheless has its sights set on bigger parts of Ukraine and its big missile assaults have turned the “complete nation right into a entrance line.”

The newest wave of assaults got here as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy stated Kyiv was doing every thing it might to acquire extra trendy and highly effective antiaircraft methods and had made necessary progress on the problem this week.

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Zelenskiy was talking after a number of media shops quoted senior U.S. officers as saying an announcement on Washington’s plans to offer the Patriot missile-defense system to Ukraine could possibly be made as quickly as December 15.

The Washington Put up on December 14 reported that the U.S. administration can be planning to ship tools that converts unguided aerial munitions into good bombs, permitting a excessive diploma of correct focusing on.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on December 14 stated no “Christmas cease-fire” was on the playing cards after practically 10 months of devastating battle in Ukraine and warned that Russia would “undoubtedly” contemplate Patriot methods in Ukraine a professional goal for Russia.

Russia and Ukraine usually are not at the moment engaged in talks to finish the combating that began with Moscow’s unprovoked invasion and killed tens of 1000’s of individuals, displaced hundreds of thousands extra, and decreased cities and cities to rubble.

“The Kremlin…is looking for to show the battle into a chronic armed confrontation,” Ukrainian Brigadier Normal Oleksiy Hromov instructed a information briefing on December 15.

Hromov, who’s deputy chief of the principle operations division of the Normal Workers, additionally dismissed the opportunity of a truce over the vacation season.

The onset of winter has additionally led to an abrupt worsening of residing circumstances within the southern Ukrainian port metropolis of Mariupol, which fell to the Russians earlier this yr following a months-long resistance put up by Ukrainian fighters.

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The town was nearly utterly destroyed by heavy Russian bombardments, and 1000’s of civilians had been reportedly killed.

Petro Andryushchenko, an adviser to the mayor of Mariupol, stated the dying price within the Russian-occupied metropolis has skyrocketed amid an absence of heating, meals, and medical provides.

“The incidence price is insane. A flu epidemic is spreading in Mariupol. Hospitals are overcrowded. The ambulance doesn’t even go away for these with a excessive temperature as a result of there isn’t a place to hospitalize individuals for therapy,” Andryushenko instructed RFE/RL.

“Firstly of November, the weekly dying price was about 150 individuals. Final week it exceeded 250 deaths per week…. That’s 7-7.5 instances larger than it was earlier than the start of this part of the battle,” he added.

Andryushchenko’s claims couldn’t be independently verified.

With reporting by Reuters, AP, and CNN

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