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Ukraine updates: Kherson hit by deadly shelling

Update : 24 Dec 2022, 19:22

At least seven people died as Russian strikes hit the southern Ukrainian city, officials said. President Zelenskyy said the attack on Christmas eve was an act of "terror."

The Ukrainian presidency on Saturday said at least seven people were killed and 58 were injured in new Russian shelling on the southern city of Kherson.

A fire erupted at a busy Christmas market after the shelling, the AFP news agency reported.

Kherson's regional governor said a 6-year-old girl was among the wounded and was in a serious condition.

Russian shelling has continued to batter the city since Ukrainian forces recaptured it last month in a major setback for Moscow. Saturday's attack marked 10 months since the beginning of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy condemned Saturday's attack as an act of "terror."

"Kherson. In the morning, on Saturday, on the eve of Christmas, in the central part of the city," Zelenskyy wrote on social media, while posting graphic images of the attack.

Traditionally, Ukrainians have celebrated Christmas eve on January 6. But since 2017, both January 7 and December 25 have been official state holidays as more people in Ukraine celebrate Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar.

Saturday's shelling came hours after Zelenskyy warned of possible Russian attacks on Ukraine during the holiday season.

"With the holiday season approaching, Russian terrorists could become active again," Zelenskyy said in his daily video address. "They despise Christian values and any values in general."

He urged Ukrainians to pay attention to the air raid sirens and help each other.

After months of Russia targeting Ukrainian infrastructure, millions of Ukrainians are suffering power cuts and a lack of running water and heating.

Despite the gloominess, Ukrainians across the country have shown determination to still celebrate the holiday season however they can, with cities like Kyiv and Kharkiv installing a Christmas tree.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the Christmas tree in the capital was going to be named the "Tree of Invincibility."

"We decided that we wouldn't let Russia steal the celebration of Christmas and New Year from our children," he said, adding that the name was "because we Ukrainians cannot be broken."

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