Dispatches from Ukraine. day 299
As Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues and the war rages on, reliable sources of information are critical. Forbes gathers information and provides updates on the situation.
Kyiv. The Russian army attacked the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, with 23 Iranian drones on the night of December 19, the Kyiv Military Administration reported. Air defense systems shot down 18 of them. Drone fragments damaged the roadway in the Solomenskiy district as well as windows of high-rise buildings in the Shevchenkivskyi district. The injury toll amounted to 3 civilians, as of that afternoon. “Units are on the ground. We are working and eliminating the consequences. This is how Russians congratulated our children on this day,” said Serhii Kruk, Head of State Emergency Service of Ukraine.
Dnipropetrovsk region. Russian forces attacked Dnipropetrovsk region, namely the Chervonohryhorivskyi, Myrivskyi and Marhanetskyi districts, with kamikaze drones, heavy artillery and ‘Grads’, Valentyn Reznichenko, the Governor of Dnipropetrovsk region, said. The Russian army fired on the Nikopol district with 60 ‘Grad’ shells and heavy artillery, de-energizing the pumping station of the local water utility and leaving several villages without technical nor drinking water. Also, Russian shells hit over 20 private houses and households, three schools, and administrative building in Marhanets, damaging a few power lines.
in his address on December 19 to the leaders of the United Kingdom’s Joint Expeditionary Force, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the President of Ukraine, called on the force to speed up air defense system and weapons delivery to Ukraine and revealed Iran recently sent 250 drones to Russia. “Ukraine was again attacked by Iranian drones this night. 34 ‘Shaheds’. I say both the number and the name, and quite specifically. These are ‘Shaheds’ from the new batch that Russia received from Iran. 250 items – that’s how many ‘Shaheds’ have now been received by the terrorist state. Russian missiles and Iranian drones are constantly used to strike primarily at our energy sector – and you know all the details about it. Only one recent massive attack on Ukraine affected more than 20 million of our people. As a result, cities with millions of residents and most Ukrainian regions were left completely without electricity. In general, on the evening of December 16, 22 million 408 thousand Ukrainians were disconnected from the energy supply. More than 10 million people had their water and heat supplies cut off. Imagine the scale of this terror. And imagine that it can be stopped”, the Zelenskyy‘s statement says.
The Russian occupation administration in Crimea is set to dismantle Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai, Ukraine’s Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko said on December 19. “Russian strategy is to demolish historical memory. Khan’s Palace in Bakhchysarai – is a unique Crimean Tatar architectural monument symbolizing the existence, development, and ethnogenesis of Crimean Tatars in this area. Russians are destroying it. They are dismantling its roof and the ensemble of colored stained-glass windows of the Golden Cabinet, while replacing the ancient roof with modern building materials,” Tkachenko wrote. Furthermore, he appealed to UNESCO to impede the ethnogenesis and destruction of Crimean Tatars.
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, told Andriy Dykun, Chair of the Ukrainian Agrarian Council (UAC), on December 18 that he is exploring opportunities to further facilitate Ukraine’s agricultural sector by setting up a specialized fund to support the country’s agriculture , UAC press service reports. “We support Ukrainians and want to help, primarily, through economic recovery and reconstruction of Ukraine. I believe Ukraine is a wonderful state with an amazing economy. We put great effort in initiating a grain deal to continue export of Ukrainian grain from Odesa, and now are exploring opportunities for further promotion of the Ukrainian agricultural sectors,” Johnson said. Such an aid project is said to resemble lend-lease with several international governments involved but with a clear understanding that money spent will ultimately be reimbursed.
Today, on December 19, many are bidding farewell to Yurii Kerpatenko, principal conductor of the Mykola Kulish Music and Drama Theater, in the Kherson funeral bureau. The 46-year-old musician was shot by Russian troops on October 14 for refusing to participate in a concert dedicated to International Music Day with his ‘Gileya’ chamber orchestra, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine reported. This concert’s aim was to show the so-called ‘restoration of peaceful life’ in Kherson. However, Kerpatenko firmly stood against collaborating with the Russian occupation administration and continued voicing a strong pro-Ukrainian position, which ultimately led to his murder.