'Ukraine will not forgive Russia' after latest strikes, Zelensky says

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Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said Saturday that his country will not forgive Russia and its aggression after Moscow conducted a barrage of strikes in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv just hours before the New Year, killing at least one person and injuring several. Follow our blog to see how the day's events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+1).

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9:17pm: Ukraine's Zelensky, in New Year message, predicts victory in 2023

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday predicted victory in the war against Russia next year, saying it would come through hard work rather than miracles, as well as aid from foreign partners.

"Today there is only one wish. And it will come true not by a miracle but through our work, our struggle, mutual aid and humanity," he said. "Happy new year! The year of our victory."

Zelensky alluded to repeated Russian strikes that have smashed the power-generating system, saying light could be found in everyone, even when there was no electricity.

Zelensky made the forecast in a short written message to mark the New Year, a modest effort compared to the nine-minute Christmas video he released on December 24.

6:30pm: 2022 comes to a painful end for Ukrainians

As Ukrainians prepare to celebrate the new year, fresh strikes have targeted several cities including the capital Kyiv.

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

4:54pm: 'Ukraine will not forgive' Russia after latest strikes, says Zelensky

(FRANCE 24 with Reuters, AFP and AP)

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