Attacks hit Ukraine shortly after the end of the ceasefire declared by Moscow. According to Kyiv, two people die in Kharkiv and in the Donetsk region. Banned incendiary ammunition is said to have been used in Cherson.
According to Ukrainian sources, Russia fired on several cities in the country during the night. Among other things, a district of Cherson was affected. "They used incendiary ammunition for the attack," said the region's military governor, Yaroslav Yanushevich, on his Telegram channel. The Geneva Convention prohibits the use of incendiary ammunition against civilian objects.
At midnight (local time), a unilateral ceasefire imposed by Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin expired, but Russia itself failed to comply. According to Yanushevich, the attack ended without any deaths or injuries. However, victims were reported from other regions. One person died in night air raids in Kharkiv. In the Donetsk region, the cities of Kramatorsk and Kostyantynivka were hit by rockets.
According to the deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, eight people were injured in the attacks in the eastern region of Donetsk and one person died. Attacks were also reported on Zaporizhia and several towns in the Dnepropetrovsk region.
Ukraine's Defense Ministry said in a separate statement that despite the "so-called ceasefire," Russia had "flown nine rocket and three air strikes and fired 40 multiple rocket launcher attacks" over the past day. Above all, the civilian infrastructure was hit.
The Ukrainian energy supplier DTEK also reported today that a thermal power plant had been shelled on the orthodox Christmas night from January 6th to 7th. But the damage was quickly repaired.
Kremlin chief Putin announced a unilateral ceasefire by the Russian armed forces on Thursday, which should apply until midnight from Saturday to Sunday (10:00 p.m. CET). Kyiv had described the announcement as propaganda. While the ceasefire was officially in effect, Moscow had admitted that it would continue to respond to Ukrainian attacks in the frontline.