Situation around Ukraine in brief. December 27

27.12.2022, Moscow.

We publish a summary of events concerning the situation around Ukraine as of 7 p.m., December 27.

Political situation

Serbian Armed Forces brought to combat readiness – Serbian Defense Minister

Russia donates 25 thousand tons of wheat to Cuba. Part of the grain will be delivered this year, and the rest will be delivered next year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning selling Russian oil to countries using a price cap imposed by the European Union

Changing the status of ‘Special military operation’ to a declaration of war will lead to other legal consequences for Russia,” Andrey Klishas, member of the Russian Federation Council, responded to a question about why Russia is not calling the conflict in Ukraine a war. “We proceed from our legal realities. Martial law, declaration of war lead to other legal consequences, and we do seek to avoid that,” Klishas said.


The head of Zelenskyy’s office Andrey Yermak announced an offensive on the Kherson region located on the left bank of Dnepr in the very near future.

Zelensky counts on India’s participation in the implementation of his peace formula. The president said this in a phone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to Zelensky’s Telegram.

Ukraine has set up an interdepartmental commission on the use of the property of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. Yesterday, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) said that the Kiev-Pechersk reserve refused to extend its lease of the two main cathedral after December 31.

The head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture said that the transfer of Kiev Pechersk Lavra into the ownership of the schismatic Orthodox Church of Ukraine is out of the question. According to the minister, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine has already had a legal entity registered on the territory of Lavra for a long time, and now a new one has been registered in the church building, which is already used by the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

Ukraine seizes the property of Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov worth almost 2 billion hrivnas – SBU.

The city authorities dismantled a bust of Pushkin from the facade of the Olga Kobylianskaya Musical and Drama Theatre in Chernovtsy. After the dismantling, the bust will be moved to the storage room of the theater, the Chernovtsy regional council said.

Ukraine starts mass production of new Ukrainian reconnaissance drone Dovbush T10, which has been tested on the front line since the war began, the organizer of the drone production project, Monobank co-founder Vladimir Yatsenko has said.

Western countries and their supporters

The UN secretary-general is ready to mediate in the conflict in Ukraine only if all sides agree, Guterres’ office commented on the Peace Summit proposed by Zelensky.

More than a quarter of Germany’s arms exports in 2022 went to Ukraine. In total, the German government approved arms exports worth €8.35 billion in 2022. Of this amount, €2.24 billion worth of arms and equipment were sent to Ukraine.

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