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No Xmas truce, Ukraine forces shell Russia-controlled Donetsk


Ukrainian forces Officials installed by Moscow said they staged the heaviest shelling attack in years on the country’s Russian-controlled east on Thursday, as both sides ruled out the possibility of conflict. . Christmas truce in a war that lasted nearly 10 months.
Alexei Kulemzin, the mayor of the Russian-backed city of Donetsk, said 40 rockets were fired from Multipurpose missile launcher BM-21 Grad at civilians in the early hours. Russian forces shelling and air strikes along the entire eastern front, killing one person, while two were killed in Kherson, Ukrainian officials said.
Moscow and Kyiv are not currently engaged in negotiations to end Europe’s biggest conflict since World War II, raging in eastern and southern Ukraine with little movement by either side. On Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said a Christmas ceasefire was “not on the agenda”.
Kulemzin considers the Donetsk attack a war crime and says it is the biggest attack on the city since 2014, when pro-Moscow separatists took control of the city from Kyiv. There was no immediate Ukrainian response to his comment.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr: “There is no calm on the front lines”. Zelenskyy said on Wednesday, saying Russian artillery attacks in the east had left “bare ruins and craters”. He said this week Russia should start withdrawing troops before Christmas as a step to end the conflict, but Moscow rejected the proposal, saying Ukraine must first accept the loss of its territory.

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