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Russia-Ukraine War: List of Key Events, Day 297

Here is the situation as it is on Saturday, December 17.

Rescue operations, fighting

  • Emergency crews pulled the body of a young child from the rubble in a pre-dawn search for survivors in the central Ukrainian town of Kryvyi Rih after Russia fired 76 missiles across Ukraine on Friday in one one of the largest attacks in Moscow so far.
  • The attacks caused “colossal” damage to infrastructure in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, mainly affecting the energy system, Mayor Ihor Terekhov said.
  • The mayor of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv said the city’s metro system was back in service and all residents were reconnected to the water supply one day after the latest wave of Russian airstrikes.
  • The Ukrainian shelling of a Russian-controlled village in the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine killed at least 11 people on Friday and 20 were missing, Russian state news agency TASS reported, citing emergency services.
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A woman cries in front of the building that was destroyed by a Russian attack in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine [Evgeniy Maloletka/AP]

military strategy

  • Moscow says its attacks are aimed at incapacitating Ukraine’s military. Ukrainians call them a war crime.
  • President Vladimir Putin has sought proposals from his armed forces commanders on how they think Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine should proceed during a visit to the headquarters of the operation, the Kremlin said.


  • Winter in Ukraine will be a “big tragedy,” Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told Al Jazeera, while also discussing his country’s ties with Russia.
  • European Union states should jointly buy weapons to replenish stocks after supplying Ukraine, the bloc’s defense agency says, warning the United States may not always be able to protect Europe from threats.
  • Insurers may refuse to cover planes flying to Ukraine or ships sailing the Black Sea as reinsurers, which insure insurers, propose to exclude the region from policies starting next month, four sources said. from the industry to the Reuters news agency.
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