Ukraine current 30/12/22

December 30 – Developments surrounding the war in Ukraine follow. Some of the information cannot be independently verified.

2:42 a.m. – Britain will continue to provide £2.3 billion in military aid to Ukraine in 2023, according to its Ministry of Defense. According to British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, this corresponds to the amount his country had already made available to Ukraine this year.

02:12 – A day after Russian missile strikes, Ukrainian President admits most regions are suffering from power outages. “But this is nothing compared to what could have happened without our heroic anti-aircraft and air defense forces,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address Thursday evening. Air commandos from central, southern, eastern and western Ukraine repelled 54 Russian missiles and 11 drones in one of the largest Russian airstrikes since the war began in February.

01.49 – Britain is supplying Ukraine with more than 1,000 metal detectors and 100 demining kits. “Russia’s use of landmines and attacks on civilian infrastructure underscore the shocking ferocity of Putin’s invasion,” British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement on Friday. Manufactured by German company Vallon, the metal detectors and kits are helping Ukraine “safely clear land and buildings while reclaiming their rightful territory”, according to the Defense Ministry.

00:00 – According to Ukrainian presidential adviser Alona Verbytska, thousands of soldiers and civilians have been missing in Ukraine since the start of the war. “Russia has currently confirmed 3,392 Ukrainian prisoners of war, but 15,000 people are currently missing in Ukraine, many of them civilians,” Verbytska told “RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland” (RND/Friday) according to the preliminary report. The fate of these people is completely uncertain, says Verbytska, who works as a mediator for the rights of Ukrainian soldiers. “We don’t know what happened to them. Are they also in Russian captivity, were they abducted from Russian-occupied areas or were they killed a long time ago? This uncertainty is terrible, especially for the relatives that I take care of with my work,” says Verbytska, who in her capacity is also an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky and helps in the search for missing persons.

Ukraine current 30/12/22

Source: Reuters

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