What the New Year Brings to the People Caught Between Russia and Ukraine War
Most people around the world happily wait for the New Year countdown, while Ukrainians and Russians sadly count the number of their loved ones who died in the continuous Russia and Ukraine war.
New Airstrikes Launched During Russia and Ukraine War Despite New Year
People caught between the Russia and Ukraine war can no longer feel the warmth and spirit of the holiday season, especially when they lose their loved ones. New Year no longer means anything as Russian troops launched new airstrikes on Kharkiv on Sunday.
The attack injured at least 28 individuals and destroyed structures, including residences, a kindergarten, hotels, and administrative buildings. Moreover, the strike in Kirovohrad impaired power lines and a non-residential building, according to the governor.
During the initial series of Russian attacks, Kharkiv received six missiles. The assault injured two boys, aged 14 and 16, including a security adviser, among others. At almost midnight, several spates of Russian drones struck residential buildings in Kharkiv, causing major fires.
“On the eve of the New Year, the Russians want to intimidate our city, but we are not scared – we are unbreakable and invincible!” said Kharkiv mayor Ihor Terekhov.
The offence came just hours after Russia accused Ukraine of an “indiscriminate” air attack on Belgorod City, near Kharkiv, that killed at least 22 people.
Putin Got A Taste of His Own Medicine
Looks like Russia got a taste of its own medicine when Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov complained about Ukraine’s assault that killed 24 people and wounded 108 people.
On Saturday, Moscow requested a meeting with the UN Security Council regarding Ukraine’s chaotic attacks, using cluster bombs on the Russian city.
“We unequivocally condemn all attacks on cities, town and villages, in Ukraine and in the Russian Federation. Attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure violate international humanitarian law, are unacceptable and must end now,” said Khaled Khiari, assistant secretary-general in the U.N. Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.
Russia claimed their attack on Kharkiv on New Year was in response to Ukraine’s attack on Belgorod on Saturday. Russian forces struck the Kharkiv Palace Hotel, including the Ukrainian Security Service headquarters.
On Friday, Russia fired its largest air assault since its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Ukrainian officials claimed the attack killed at least 41 civilians and injured at least 160. The attack likewise left an unknown number of people buried under the rubble across Ukraine from 158 missiles and drone attacks.
Russian Court Sentenced Over 200 Ukrainian Fighters
Since Russia started its offence In Ukraine, over 200 Ukrainian fighters have been sentenced, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
“The courts of the Russian Federation have already sentenced more than 200 representatives of Ukrainian armed formations to long terms of imprisonment for committing atrocities,” said Lavrov.
He added that those who are sentenced include radical nationalist association members, Ukrainian security forces and mercenary representatives. They also include Ukraine’s military and political leadership representatives.
Additionally, those who were accused in absentia were put on the international wanted list. On the other hand, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, for allegedly deporting Ukrainian children, which is a war crime.
Both sides blame each other for perpetrating countless abominations in the war that Russia started. The UN discovered that Russian authorities had committed war crimes and continued to violate human rights, including rape, torture, and child deportation. There are over 121,000 Russian crimes of belligerence and war crimes since the war began.