Under heavy new attack from Russia’s intensified missile and drone attacks on their cities, Ukrainians remain heroically unbreakable in spirit and determination to defeat, with the democratic world’s support, their savage northern neighbor.

Here is but one example – from the Black Sea city of Odesa, which Putin considers to be “Russian”.  Because of its crucial port infrastructure, it has taken more than its share of battering from Russian air attacks.

One of the latest casualties in the city was 29-year-old Olesia Puzerevych who was killed in the Russian missile attack on Odesa on Dec. 29.

Earlier, the beautiful young patriot had left Melitopol district of the Zaporizhzhia region, which has been occupied by Russian invaders. Her T-shirt expresses her pride on being Ukrainian.

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Olesia Puzerevych, RIP. Photo: Mariana Betsa, Twitter

But even as death and destruction rain down on them, Ukrainians, be it in Kharkiv, Kherson, Kriviy Rih, Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa , or elswher, are all the more determined to defend their country, its history, culture and democracy, and, with the support of the democratic world, to drive the Russian invaders out.

Video:Olexander Scherba, Twitter.

Here is another powerful image from Odesa, this time a video of people spontaneously singing the patriotic Ukrainian song “Chervona Kalyna” after being attacked by Russia's Iranian“shahed” drones on New Year’s night.

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Trump's frequent praise for Putin and reluctance to outright criticize the Russian invasion have stirred concerns among Ukraine's allies that he would force the country into accepting partial defeat.

At Kyiv Post our team will continue doing its best to keep you informed despite drone and missile strikes on the Ukrainian capital, and cyber attacks on our site. We hope that our friends and allies in the democratic world are inspired by the fortitude and resilience of Ukraine’s people and will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with them in 2024.

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