Putin, Xi hold talks; Russia fired several missiles at Ukraine


Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged on Friday to further deepen their bilateral cooperation amid the 10-month war in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged on Friday to further deepen their bilateral cooperation amid the 10-month war in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Ukraine was attacked by drones and rockets on Thursday night and Friday morning from Russia. Putin and Xi did not directly mention Ukraine during their bilateral talks via video conference but noted the strengthening of ties between Moscow and Beijing amid “geopolitical tensions” and a “difficult international situation”. Appreciated. Putin said, “In the face of growing geopolitical tensions, the Russian-Chinese strategic partnership is expanding.”

Putin invited Xi to visit Moscow in the spring. In Ukraine, officials said on Thursday the death toll rose in a Russian missile attack on an energy center and other vital targets. It was the deadliest attack by Russian security forces in weeks. Four people were killed in the attack, according to Kirylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office. Ukraine’s military said on Friday that the Russian military fired a total of 85 missiles and carried out 35 airstrikes in the past 24 hours, targeting important centers of Ukraine.

The army report said that Russia also carried out 63 attacks with multiple launch rocket systems. Ukraine’s air force said that after the missile attack on Thursday morning, the Russian military carried out strikes with Iran-made Shahed-131/136 drones on Thursday night and early Friday. The Air Force said all the drones were downed. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the attacks were targeted at the capital. According to Klitschko, of the seven kamikaze drones that flew towards the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, two were downed on the edge of the city and five in Kyiv.

In addition, attacks were also carried out in Donetsk, Luhansk province, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv provinces in the north and Zaporizhia and Kherson in the south. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address that Russia has not abandoned its intention to capture Donetsk. Zelensky warned the people of Ukraine that Russian military forces could intensify attacks in the new year. He said, “There are two days left of this year. Perhaps the enemies will once again try to make us celebrate the New Year in the dark. They are preparing to attack our cities.

Zelensky said, “Whatever their plan, we know one thing about ourselves that we will survive. We will drive them out. There is no doubt about it. They will be punished with this fierce war.” During the talks with Xi, Putin said that military cooperation has a “special place” in the relations between their countries. Putin said Russia aims to “strengthen cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries.” is poised to become a global partner for the benefit of the people of the United States and in the interests of worldwide stability.

Disclaimer:Prabhasakshi has not edited this news. This news has been published from PTI-language feed.



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