Thursday, December 15, 2022

There will be no Christmas truce in Ukraine, according to Russia

No Christmas ceasefire in Ukraine: Russia


KYIV: Even though the release of dozens of additional prisoners, including an American, demonstrated that there are still some contacts between the two sides, Moscow on Wednesday stated that there was no possibility of a "Christmas ceasefire." The devastating war in Ukraine lasted for nearly ten months.

The fighting, which is raging in the east and south of the country and reached Kyiv on Wednesday, has not yet reached an agreement between Russia and Ukraine. Since Russia invaded its neighbor on February 24, tens of thousands of people have been killed, millions more have been displaced, and cities have been reduced to rubble.

In a routine evening video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said, "There is no calm on the front line," referring to Russia's artillery bombardment of eastern towns: So that main exposed remnants and pits" remain.

Zelenskyy stated this week that Russia should begin its withdrawal by Christmas as a step toward putting an end to the largest conflict in Europe since World War II. Ukraine must accept the loss of territory to Russia before any progress can be made, Moscow stated, rejecting the proposal outright.

Notwithstanding the absence of harmony talks, many prisoners have been liberated in trades as of late. The releases, in addition to progress made in negotiations to resume Russian exports of a fertilizer ingredient and the extension of a grain deal, have demonstrated that the two sides maintain at least limited contact on a number of levels.

Kyiv and Washington stated on Wednesday that the most recent exchange of dozens of detainees included a US citizen.

Andriy Yermak, the head of the presidential administration in Ukraine, said that the American named Suedi Murekezi had been "helping our people" before being taken into Russian custody. The Washington Post said Murekezi was a US Flying corps veteran brought into the world in Uganda.

John Kirby, a spokesperson for national security at the White House, did not name the freed American due to concerns about privacy.

Kirby stated to the reporters, "We certainly welcome that news."

According to Kirby, hopes for an imminent end to hostilities were tempered by the scale of the ongoing violence.

"Just given what we're finding in the air and on the ground in Ukraine, it's challenging to reason that this war will be over by the end of the year," Kirby said in light of an inquiry regarding the prosects for an arranged harmony with Russia President Vladimir Putin.

Therefore, there is currently active fighting. That is probably going to continue for some time in the future.

In the Ukraine-Russia conflict, the International Committee of the Red Cross's head stated on Wednesday that an all-for-all prisoner of war swap deal was an option. The ICRC accentuated it depended on the two nations to agree on the issue.

According to Mirjana Spoljaric, president of the ICRC, a significant swap could boost confidence and had previously served as "the first step to a broader agreement."

Neither the Red Cross or the different sides have made public exact numbers for every nation's conflict prisoners yet there are accepted to be great many such detainees.

According to Reuters, Ukraine has demanded the release of additional captives as part of negotiations with Russian representatives for the reopening of an ammonia gas pipeline through Ukraine. The pipeline is widely regarded as crucial to lowering global fertilizer prices.

Ukraine's capital is targeted by drones for the first time in weeks, bringing violence back to Kyiv. Two managerial structures were hit, however air guards generally repulsed the assault. 13 drones had been shot down, according to Zelenskyy.

Residents of one district in Kyiv said they heard a powerful explosion at a building next to them and then heard the loud whirring engine sound of an Iranian Shahed drone. There was snow on the ground.

Yana, 39, who was getting ready for work, said, "I want this all to be over... For (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, that bastard, to die."

A portion of the roof of a nearby brick walled-off building appeared to have been broken off in one attack. The purpose of the building was unclear.

No one appeared to have been hurt, according to shocked residents who were bundled up against the cold.

In the wreckage, a drone's white tail could be seen. "For Ryazan!!!" was handwritten on it, and M529 Geran-2 was written on it. an obvious reference to what Moscow says was a Ukrainian assault on an airstrip somewhere inside Russia this month.

Russia refers to the Shahed aircraft as Geran-2.

Nationalist air safeguard

Russia, which considers the conflict a "unique military activity", has terminated blasts of rockets on energy framework since October. The attack on Wednesday, according to Ukraine's grid operator, did not cause any damage to energy facilities.

In order to stop more attacks, Ukraine wants to improve its air defenses. This week, US officials told Reuters that a decision on whether or not to give Ukraine the Patriot missile defense system could be made as soon as Thursday.

According to Zelenskyy, Ukraine was doing everything in its power to acquire more advanced and potent anti-aircraft and anti-drone systems this week and had made significant progress.

The Ukrainian military stated that "the enemy launched one air and 11 missile strikes, three of which were on civilian infrastructure... (and) launched more than 60 attacks from multiple rocket launchers" in the past 24 hours in the regions of Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Zaporizhzhia.

According to the deputy head of Ukraine's presidential office, Russian shells also struck the regional administration building on the central square of the recently liberated southern city of Kherson.

After a progression of lightning Ukrainian counter-offensives which has seen Kyiv recapture command over around half of the domain Moscow caught in the primary long stretches of the conflict, neither one of the sides has made critical regional additions in the previous month.

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