Putin claims seizure of Azov territories "significant result" of war for Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has acknowledged that the seizure of new territories is a significant result of the so-called "special operation" in Ukraine [the official term used by Russians to describe the ongoing war with Ukraine – ed.].
"Of course, it appears to be a long process, but the new territories are a significant result for Russia; the Sea of Azov has become an inland sea. Even Peter the Great fought for access to the Sea of Azov; and most importantly, the people who live there are now with us, and there are millions of them. This is the most important result [of the special operation – ed.]."
At the same time, Putin has acknowledged that there is a war, although Russian propaganda calls it a "special military operation".
"We [Russians – ed.] didn’t start this war, but in 2014, after the coup d'état in Ukraine, it was started by the Ukrainian authorities, who came to the corridors of this government with the help of this very coup d'état to suppress the will of the citizens living in Donbas," he said.
The Russian president also continues to argue that "the only true guarantor of Ukraine's territorial integrity within its current borders could be Russia", while "nationalist elements in Poland are dreaming of taking back the western territories that Ukraine gained thanks to Stalin's decisions after World War II".
According to Putin, "this is what will be done", but "it is up to Ukrainian politicians" in the future.
Russia hits city market and petrol stations, killing 8 people.
The Russian military hit a market, a bus station, petrol stations and residential buildings in the city of Kurakhove, Donetsk Oblast, on 7 December. At least eight civilians were killed in the attack.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Deputy Head of the Ukrainian President’s Office, reported that 8 people had been killed and 5 wounded. He also said the attack was carried out with the use of multiple rocket launchers.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy commented on the strike: "Terrorists are inhuman. And they will be responsible for this." He also reported that six people were killed, but not eight.
Russian invaders start to take away property in south of Ukraine of those who evacuated.
Russian occupiers have put up posters in the town of Prymorsk, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, saying that property owners have to apply to the occupation administration for documents, or the property will be recognised as ownerless and taken away.
The enemy is practising a scheme to declare the property they want to extort as "unowned". Lists of objects are constantly updated on the website of the so-called regional military administration of the occupiers.
The National Resistance Center noted that the list includes property and vehicles owned by citizens of Ukraine, as well as municipal and state property.
As for abandoned apartments, the occupiers are collecting information through the heads of apartment block co-owner associations throughout the settlements in the oblast.