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On December 20, the World Bank approved an additional financing package of $610 million for Ukraine to address its urgent relief and recovery needs. – Reuters


Recently, the French government has transferred Crotale air defense systems to Ukraine. Also, France is working on delivering a new batch of weapons for the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the first quarter of 2023, which includes, in particular, the new Caesar howitzers. – Emmanuel Macron, President of France


The US government will transfer to Ukraine air defense missile systems Patriot in the new military aid package. In addition, the US will train the Ukrainian servicemen to manage the system in a third country. – Official website of the White House


Total combat losses of Russian aggressors in Ukraine from 24 February to 21 December (approximation): 99740 troops; 3002 tanks; 5979 armored vehicles; 1972 artillery systems; 412 MLRS; 212 anti-aircraft warfare systems; 282 aircraft; 267 helicopters; 4608 military auto vehicles and fuel tanks; 16 military boats; 1688 tactical UAVs; 178 special military equipment; 653 cruise missiles. – General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine


On December 20, the Armed Forces of Ukraine destroyed 3 Russian command posts, an enemy ammunition depot, and 10 locations with Russian troops and military equipment in different regions of Ukraine. – General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine


Russian aggressors fired missiles at the Donetsk region on December 20. 2 people were killed. 8 citizens were injured. – Pavlo Kyrylenko, Head of the Donetsk Regional Military Administration


Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, 450 Ukrainian children have died, 863 children have been injured. Most victims among children are from the Donetsk region. Moreover, 332 Ukrainian children were reported missing. – Prosecutor General’s Office


The Lithuanian government has sent the first batch of warm sweaters and thermal sets to the Ukrainian defenders. A total of 19,000 thousand sweaters and 15,000 thermal sets will be delivered to Ukraine in the coming weeks. – Arvydas Anušauskas, Lithuania’s Minister of National Defence


The Armed Forces of Ukraine have prepared an action plan in case of a new invasion of Russian troops from Belarus. However, there is currently no threat of such an attack. – Andrii Yusov, Representative of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine


In the last 24 hours, Russian troops shelled the Donetsk, the Luhansk, the Kharkiv, the Sumy, the Kherson, the Zaporizhzhia, the Dnipropetrovsk, and the Mykolaiv regions. 5 people were killed. 21 citizens were injured, including 1 child [conservative estimates, real numbers are likely higher]. – Information from Regional Military Administrations

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The first Canadian Leopard 2 tank for the Armed Forces of Ukraine has arrived in Poland.

Photo from the Department of National Defence/Handout via Reuters (Reuters)

Yaroslava, the daughter of killed Ukrainian soldier Ihor Bezohliuk, puts his photo on the part of the memorial wall for Ukrainian defenders who died since the full-scale Russian invasion. February 2023.

By Roman Pilipey for Getty Images

People look at destroyed Russian military vehicles on display in Mykhailivskyi Square in Kyiv. February 2023.

By Roman Pilipey for Getty Images

Volunteer workers are building a roof over a house destroyed during the Russian occupation. Bucha, the Kyiv region. February 2023.

By Roman Pilipey for Getty Images

People walk past anti-tank metal barriers known as “hedgehogs” at Independence Square in Kyiv. February 2023.

By Roman Pilipey for Getty Images

Recently released from Russian captivity, the Ukrainian defender Maksym Kolesnykov tastes a fresh apple for the first time in almost a year.

Photo from the Presidential Office of Ukraine

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