Russia fired drones at targets throughout Ukraine, together with Kyiv, early on December 20, Ukrainian authorities stated, because the Kremlin dominated out peace talks hours after additional U.S. support to Ukraine was thrown into doubt.
The Ukrainian Air Power stated 18 of 19 drones launched at Kyiv, Odesa, Kherson, and different areas of Ukraine had been destroyed.
“In accordance with preliminary info, there have been no casualties or destruction within the capital,” Serhiy Popko, head of Kyiv’s navy administration, stated on the Telegram messaging app.
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The Ukrainian Air Power additionally stated 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 navy administration within the southern Kherson area stated on December 20 that 16 individuals, together with 4 kids, had been injured in Russian shelling the day earlier than.
There was no speedy remark from Russia.
The contemporary assaults come as Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov advised reporters in Moscow on December 20 that there isn’t a present foundation for talks between Moscow and Kyiv.
“We actually take into account that the subject of negotiations isn’t related proper now,” Peskov stated, 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 “inconceivable” after Russia claimed to have annexed 4 areas of southern and japanese 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 stories emerged that the U.S. Senate won’t vote on a package deal to offer extra support to Ukraine and bolster U.S. border safety earlier than early subsequent yr, 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 aim is to get one thing accomplished as quickly as we get again,” Senate Democratic Chief Chuck Schumer advised reporters. In a joint assertion, Schumer and Senate Republican chief Mitch McConnell stated negotiators “are making encouraging progress” however “difficult points stay.”
WATCH: At a press convention in Kyiv on December 19, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy stated he’s relying on extra navy support from the USA to assist strengthen Ukraine’s air defenses.
Schumer and McConnell stated they’re “dedicated” to passing laws sending billions to Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, and the southern U.S. border.
Regardless of the setback, Zelenskiy stated earlier in Kyiv that an unspecified variety of U.S.-provided air-defense programs are on the way in which and stated the Europeans additionally proceed to offer assist, however he pressured that Ukraine wants speedy help to proceed the combat.
“We want assist from the USA proper now. We want help from the European Union,” Zelenskiy stated. “I’m comfortable 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 programs (NASAMS), Zelenskiy stated he’s certain the USA will present every little thing promised as a result of Washington understands that each one its monetary help goes towards Ukraine’s want to face in opposition to the invasion.
“I’m certain that the USA won’t betray us and we are going to get every little thing that was promised,” he stated, 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 navy support.
The information convention got here because the White Home stated it deliberate extra navy support this month, whereas the European Financial institution for Reconstruction and Growth accepted a $4.3 billion capital enhance to spice up funding for Ukraine.
Zelenskiy can rely on no less than one extra package deal of U.S. navy support for Ukraine earlier than the top of the yr, however the bigger package deal of $100 billion for Ukraine, Israel, and border safety has stalled in Congress as President Joe Biden tries to influence lawmakers — primarily Republicans — to beat reluctance to authorize additional support.
Earlier in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared at a gathering with high navy leaders that Russian troops are “holding the initiative” in Ukraine.
“We’re successfully doing what we expect is required, doing what we would like,” Putin stated. “The place our commanders take into account it essential to stay to lively defenses they’re doing so, and we’re bettering our positions the place it is wanted.”