A poster of President Vladimir Putin with the words “The West does not need Russia” in Sevastopol, Crimea, as Russian Orthodox priests participate in a procession celebrating Orthodox Christmas. Photo: AP
A poster of President Vladimir Putin with the words “The West does not need Russia” in Sevastopol, Crimea, as Russian Orthodox priests participate in a procession celebrating Orthodox Christmas. Photo: AP
Ukraine war

Russia says it shot down drones over Crimea’s ‘heroic city’ on Orthodox Christmas Day; Belarus fears mobilisation to Ukraine

  • Mikhail Razvozhaev, the Russian-backed governor of Sevastopol, alleges the incident occurred in the early hours of January 7, which is Orthodox Christmas
  • In Belarus, meanwhile, concerns are growing about mobilisation to support Russia’s war on Ukraine as Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko makes preparations

A poster of President Vladimir Putin with the words “The West does not need Russia” in Sevastopol, Crimea, as Russian Orthodox priests participate in a procession celebrating Orthodox Christmas. Photo: AP
A poster of President Vladimir Putin with the words “The West does not need Russia” in Sevastopol, Crimea, as Russian Orthodox priests participate in a procession celebrating Orthodox Christmas. Photo: AP
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