Ukraine’s General Staff claims that it has eliminated 100,400 Russian soldiers since the start of the war in February 2022. Ukraine also said that Russian forces fired at the Sumy region 53 times over the past day. Ukraine claims Russia attacked Nikopol and Synelnykove districts of Dnipropetrovsk region, leaving 500 families without electricity. Ukraine said that its forces repelled Russian attacks near 19 settlements in four regions on Dec. 22. According to reports, Russian forces are now preparing for a renewed assault in the Donbas region. Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed an announcement by the US that it will provide Ukraine with advanced Patriot defence system. Putin also used the word “war” while talking to reporters about the fighting in Ukraine. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says that Russia has shown no real interest in ending the war in Ukraine. Wagner Group’s Yevgeny Prigozhin said claims that his group took weapons from North Korea are “nothing more than gossip and speculation”. Germany has arrested an employee of its foreign intelligence agency, the BND, on suspicion of leaking information to Russia.