Russia fired drones at targets throughout Ukraine, together with Kyiv, early on December 20, Ukrainian authorities mentioned, because the Kremlin dominated out peace talks hours after additional U.S. help to Ukraine was thrown into doubt.
The Ukrainian Air Pressure mentioned 18 of 19 drones launched at Kyiv, Odesa, Kherson, and different areas of Ukraine had been destroyed.
“In keeping with preliminary info, there have been no casualties or destruction within the capital,” Serhiy Popko, head of Kyiv’s army administration, mentioned on the Telegram messaging app.
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The Ukrainian Air Pressure additionally mentioned Russia attacked the Kharkiv area within the east with two surface-to-air guided missiles. There have been no casualties on account of the assault, it added.
In the meantime, the regional army administration within the southern Kherson area mentioned on December 20 that 16 individuals, together with 4 kids, had been injured in Russian shelling the day earlier than.
There was no fast remark from Russia.
The contemporary assaults come as Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov advised reporters in Moscow on December 20 that there isn’t any present foundation for talks between Moscow and Kyiv.
“We actually take into account that the subject of negotiations shouldn’t be related proper now,” Peskov mentioned, including that Kyiv’s proposed peace plan was absurd because it excluded Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed a decree in October 2022 formally declaring the prospect of any Ukrainian talks with Putin “unimaginable” after Russia claimed to have annexed 4 areas of southern and jap Ukraine.
Zelenskiy’s 10-point peace plan requires the withdrawal of Russian troops and cessation of hostilities and the restoration of Ukraine’s state borders with Russia.
Peskov’s feedback come hours after studies emerged that the U.S. Senate won’t vote on a bundle to offer extra help to Ukraine and bolster U.S. border safety earlier than early subsequent 12 months, as Democratic and Republican negotiators proceed talks.
“Our negotiators are going to be working very, very diligently over the December and January break interval, and our purpose is to get one thing performed as quickly as we get again,” Senate Democratic Chief Chuck Schumer advised reporters. In a joint assertion, Schumer and Senate Republican chief Mitch McConnell mentioned negotiators “are making encouraging progress” however “difficult points stay.”
WATCH: At a press convention in Kyiv on December 19, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy mentioned he’s relying on further army help from america to assist strengthen Ukraine’s air defenses.
Schumer and McConnell mentioned they’re “dedicated” to passing laws sending billions to Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, and the southern U.S. border.
Regardless of the setback, Zelenskiy mentioned earlier in Kyiv that an unspecified variety of U.S.-provided air-defense methods are on the way in which and mentioned the Europeans additionally proceed to offer assist, however he careworn that Ukraine wants fast help to proceed the combat.
“We want assist from america proper now. We want help from the European Union,” Zelenskiy mentioned. “I’m joyful that our companions listened to us and heard us. I believe the help will come to Ukraine very quickly.”
Citing the anticipated supply of nationwide superior antiaircraft missile methods (NASAMS), Zelenskiy mentioned he’s positive america will present all the pieces promised as a result of Washington understands that every one its monetary help goes towards Ukraine’s want to face towards the invasion.
“I’m positive that america won’t betray us and we’ll get all the pieces that was promised,” he mentioned, including that Ukraine has established “particular ties” with its companions in Europe — each within the EU and different European nations — and so they “proceed to help us” with funding and army help.
The information convention got here because the White Home mentioned it deliberate extra army help this month, whereas the European Financial institution for Reconstruction and Growth permitted a $4.3 billion capital enhance to spice up funding for Ukraine.
Zelenskiy can rely on not less than one further bundle of U.S. army help for Ukraine earlier than the top of the 12 months, however the bigger bundle of $100 billion for Ukraine, Israel, and border safety has stalled in Congress as President Joe Biden tries to steer lawmakers — primarily Republicans — to beat reluctance to authorize additional help.
Earlier in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared at a gathering with prime army leaders that Russian troops are “holding the initiative” in Ukraine.
“We’re successfully doing what we expect is required, doing what we wish,” Putin mentioned. “The place our commanders take into account it obligatory to stay to energetic defenses they’re doing so, and we’re enhancing our positions the place it is wanted.”