Valery Gerasimov, the Chief of the Russian Army, has recently gained an additional title being appointed as the commander of military operations in Ukraine. But should he be happy about it?
Ukraine says Russia unleashed a major missile attack, smashing a nine-storey apartment block in Dnipro city, killing at least 29 people and striking vital energy facilities, as fighting rages on its 326th day.
Kiev said earlier its troops were fighting to retain control of the now-battered industrial towns in the east, which Russian mercenaries claimed earlier this week to have taken, as fighting continues on its 322nd day.
The head of Russian military contractor company has said their forces had completely liberated the eastern Ukrainian mining town of Soledar by killing around 500 pro-Ukranian soldiers as fighting enters its 321st day.
Soledar is a salt mining town in the Donetsk region around 15 kilometres (nine miles) from Bakhmut which Russia has been trying to seize for months.
Russian and Ukrainian forces reportedly exchange artillery fire at front line, even after Moscow ordered its troops to stop shooting for a truce that was firmly rejected by Kiev, as fighting enters its 317th day.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a ceasefire over the Orthodox Christian Christmas, starting at midday on Friday, Kremlin said.
US President Joe Biden reiterates Washington's strong support for the war-torn country and welcomes his Ukrainian counterpart's "openness to a just peace" as the conflict enters its 291st day.
Russian President Putin acknowledges that his army could be fighting in Ukraine for a long time, but for now there will be no second call-up of soldiers, as conflict enters its 287th day.
The unprecedented Ukrainian drone attack in Russia threatens a major escalation of conflict — which enters its 286th day — because it hit airfield housing bombers capable of carrying nuclear weapons.
Russian President Vladimir Putin tells a group of mothers whose sons are fighting in Ukraine that he shares the pain of those who have lost loved ones in the conflict.
Ukraine's Zelenskyy calls the attacks, which caused blackouts across the nation and in Moldova amid cold weather, "an obvious crime against humanity", as fighting continues on day 274.
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