Welcome to 2023 – Zelenskyy’s address, New Year’s Eve missiles

2 January, 03:33 PM

Your slice of the top headlines in Ukraine. Daily. Monday, January 2nd, 2023.

Happy New Year!

"Each of us is a fighter," Zelenskyy told Ukrainians. "I want to say to all of you: Ukrainians, you are incredible! Look at what we have done and what we are doing! How our warriors have been defeating this ‘second army of the world’ from the first days.”

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In Kyiv, explosions rang out in three districts — one person died, 21 were injured. Hotels and the Palats Ukraina concert hall in the city center were also damaged. The Russians also attacked Khmelnytskyy (part of the regional center lost power, seven injured), Zaporizhzhya (four injured, including a pregnant woman and a child) and Mykolaiv oblasts (six injured).

Ukraine’s Air Force Command reported on Telegram that Air Force and other military units’ air defenses had shot down 45 attack UAVs during the night. The command added that 13 drones were destroyed before midnight and another 32 in the first hours of 2023. "The holiday was not spoiled for Ukrainians," the command’s statement reads.

The law grants sweeping new powers to a media regulator, allowing them to ine media outlets, revoke their licenses, temporarily block certain online publications without a court order, and require social media platforms and search giants such as Google to remove content that violates the law. The European Federation of Journalists, whose secretary general called an earlier draft of the law "worthy of the worst authoritarian regimes," said on Dec. 30 that the legislation continues to contravene European standards of press freedom because the independence of the state media regulator, whose members are appointed by the president and parliament, cannot be guaranteed.

These lists, which contain the names of people subject to the draft, will likely be used in an upcoming Russian mobilization wave, which military intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said could start as early as Jan. 5. According to Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, this new mobilization wave may include a closing of Russian borders.

However, Ukraine’s defenders continue to hold the line, said Budanov. “Certain areas are definitely not subject to reconstruction. I’m not in the construction business, but it is easier to build this city ‘from scratch’ than to rebuild it,” he said.

The document amends another decree, which Putin signed in late March, stipulating that purchases of Russian gas by "unfriendly" countries have to be made exclusively for rubles. Now payments for gas are to be credited to a special account of the Russian supplier opened in foreign currency.

During the sowing campaign, more than 60 million tons of crops were harvested, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said. Shmyhal noted that in more than 10 months, 38,000 Ukrainian farmers had received government support worth UAH 80 billion ($2.2 billion).

“The dynamics of these attacks and the effect of the attacks shows that the Russians have less and less ability to harm our energy system,” said Ukrenergo chairman Volodymyr Kudrytskyi. According to him, power engineers have learned to prepare for possible Russian attacks.

Prosecutor-General Andriy Kotin outlines Ukraine’s plans for ensuring accountability for Russian war crimes, and lists the Kremlin regime’s most atrocious violations of morality and law.

Historian Serhiy Gromenko explains his theory of what the world needs to force upon Russia to ensure that its imperial ambitions can never experience a resurgence.

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