HERE IS THE SITUATION ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 27, 2023. (672 DAY)
In recent events, the Russian shelling of the Kherson train station tragically resulted in the death of a policeman during an evacuation attempt, leaving four others injured, according to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, Ihor Klymenko.
Despite Russia’s defense minister asserting control over the town of Maryinka, the Ukrainian armed forces, led by Commander Valerii Zaluzhnyi, maintain a presence in parts of the area.
Meanwhile, Turkey has taken a significant step by approving Sweden’s bid for NATO membership in its foreign affairs committee. However, the decision awaits a final vote in the parliament.
In a separate development, the Ukrainian air force reported striking Russia’s Novocherkassk navy ship during an air attack on Feodosia in Crimea. Conflicting reports emerged, with Ukraine claiming the ship’s destruction and Russia stating it was damaged. Visual evidence displayed powerful explosions, fires in a port area, and burnt wreckage.
General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Ukraine’s army chief, expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of military draft offices responsible for mobilizing troops. This follows Ukraine’s parliament considering a draft law, including lowering the mobilization age for men from 27 to 25.
Ukraine’s Defense Minister, Rustem Umerov, extended gratitude to the British government for providing essential training to Ukrainian combat air pilots.
In economic responses, Taiwan expanded its list of sanctioned goods for Russia and Belarus, including semiconductor manufacturing equipment, a sector in which Taiwan excels, as well as specific chemicals and medicines.
Facing potential backlash from US sanctions targeting the Arctic LNG 2 liquefied natural gas project, Japan’s Mitsui & Co decided to withdraw its employees from the project. This decision adds to the challenges faced by the project as other foreign shareholders have suspended their participation.
Looking ahead, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is set to hold talks with his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, in Moscow. The agenda includes discussions on bilateral ties and addressing conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza.
Source: The Guardian