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Russia-Ukraine War: List of Key Events, Day 296

Here is the situation as it is on Friday, December 16.


  • Russia struck Ukraine with missiles in the eastern Kharkiv region, the Black Sea region of Odessa and in Vinnytsia in west-central Ukraine, hitting critical infrastructure across the country and leaving some areas without power as people sheltered in shelters, Ukrainian officials said.
  • A new Russian offensive could come in February when half of the 300,000 troops recruited by Russia in October to support the war would complete training, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov speculated.
  • Russian forces carried out 23 airstrikes and four missile strikes, as well as 78 bombardments with multiple rocket launchers in the Donetsk region in the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian General Staff said.
  • At least eight people were killed and 23 wounded by Ukrainian shelling on the village of Lantrativka in Ukraine’s Russian-controlled Luhansk region, Russian state news agency TASS reported.
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk said further attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure could lead to serious humanitarian deterioration and displacement.


  • European Union leaders wrapped up their last summit of 2022 with an agreement to provide 18 billion euros ($19 billion) in financing to Ukraine next year and apply more sanctions on Russia after Poland withdrew its objections to a minimal corporate tax as the bloc prepared to cap gas prices and prop up its industry.
  • EU states should jointly buy weapons to replenish stocks after supplying Ukraine, said Jiri Sedivy, executive director of the European Defense Agency, warning that the United States may not always be able to protect Europe from threats. .
  • US Treasury Under Secretary Wally Adeyemo will urge allies to provide continued “timely” support to Ukraine and discuss how to implement the Russian oil price cap during visits to the German capital Berlin, and Brussels this week, the Treasury Department said.
  • The US military will expand its training of Ukrainian military personnel in Germany, the Pentagon said, including training about 500 Ukrainians a month in combined arms.
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  • The United States has imposed a new round of financial sanctions on individuals and entities involved in Russia’s financial sector, with the targets including one of the country’s richest men, Vladimir Potanin.
  • President Vladimir Putin said Russia will expand trade with new partners, including shifting gas flows to eastern neighbors amid EU sanctions, saying “we will never take the route of self-isolation.”
  • United Nations aid chief Martin Griffiths said the Black Sea grain deal was unlikely to be expanded anytime soon to include more Ukrainian ports or reduce inspection times.
  • More than 14 million tons of grain have been exported from Ukraine under the Black Sea deal with Russia, easing world food prices, the UN said.

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