Good morning from foggy and gloomy Kyiv. It would be nice to have a day off today because many Ukrainians went against their tradition and celebrated Christmas yesterday, on Dec. 25, according to the Gregorian calendar. But unfortunately, due to martial law, all the extended holiday weekends have been canceled.
The power supply in Kyiv has finally gotten better. For Christmas, residents of the capital were given a whole day without power outages.
Ukraine is planning to call for Russia to be removed as a permanent member of the UN Security Council today, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said, speaking during a national television marathon yesterday, on Dec. 25.
"Tomorrow, we will officially express our position. We have a very simple question: Does Russia have the right to remain a permanent member of the UN Security Council and to be in the United Nations at all?" he said.
Kuleba said that Russia's permanent seat in the UN Security Council, providing it with veto power, was already being discussed in diplomatic circles.
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What was in Volodymyr Zelensky’s latest message?
President Zelensky dedicated his latest address on Dec. 25 to all the Ukrainians keeping the country afloat during these tough times: military personnel, volunteers, medics, energy workers and repairmen, sappers, policemen, employees of the State Emergency Service, utility workers, farmers, journalists, IT specialists, and all the leaders of the world, helping Ukraine battle this unprovoked aggression.
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"There are only a few days left this year. We must be aware that our enemy will try to make this time dark and difficult for us. Russia has lost everything it could this year. But it is trying to compensate for its losses with the gloating of its propagandists after the missile strikes at our country, at our energy sector," Zelensky said.
"I know that the darkness will not prevent us from leading the occupiers to their new defeats. But we have to be ready for any scenario," he added.
What’s the latest military situation?
stated that Russian forces have largely focused on constructing defensive positions along many sections of the front line in Ukraine since October. This includes laying additional fields of anti-tank and anti-personnel mines, almost certainly going beyond Russian doctrinal guidelines.
According to MoD assessment, minefields only present an effective obstacle for trained troops if covered by observation and fire. A major challenge for the Russian forces will likely be a shortage of surveillance assets and trained personnel to effectively monitor large areas of the new minefields.
The Institute for the Study of War’s Dec. 24 daily assessment covers numerous topics, most notably that Russian forces:
And that’s it for today’s Morning Memo.
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