At least four killed in New Year’s Eve and Jan. 1 strikes on Ukraine

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Ukrainians woke up to a grim 2023 on Sunday, reeling from more sirens and fresh missile attacks on their territory, as the death toll from Russian strikes on New Year's Eve and January 1 climbed to at least four. Read our live blog to see how the day's events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

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7:28pm: Our unity contrasts with Russian fear, says Ukraine's Zelensky

Ukraine's unity and sense of purpose contrast sharply with the fear that prevails throughout Russia, President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday.

"The feeling we all have of unity, of authenticity, of life itself, contrasts sharply with the fear that prevails in Russia," Zelensky said in his nightly video address.

"They are afraid. You can feel it. And they are right to be afraid. Because they will lose. Drones, missiles, everything else will not help them. Because we stand united. They are united only by fear."

4:41pm: Families in Kyiv had a sombre New Year's Eve

Alina Dedovets spent New Year's Eve in a bombed-out city, confined to her flat with her two children but without her husband, who was on the front lines. "I'm wishing for our Ukraine to win and that we can finally be together again," she told him over the phone.

FRANCE 24's Mélina Huet, Luke Shrago and Daryna Viter report.

3:28pm: Russia's New Year raids on Ukraine kill four, wound dozens

In a New Year's Eve assault, Moscow attacked Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities with missiles and Iranian-made drones.


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