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The faithful attend an Orthodox Christmas service at the Church of Holy Martyrs Florus and Laurus in Moscow.

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The southern Ukrainian city of Kherson was subjected to heavy shelling on Sunday from Russian-occupied parts of the Kherson region across the Dnieper River, reports said. local officials.

Kherson city administration head Roman Mrochko said two people died in the attacks and that several other people had been injured.

Air defense downed 21 of 28 drones launched by Russia overnight, the Ukrainian Air Force announced on Sunday. Russia also launched three anti-aircraft missiles against Ukraine.

During an unannounced visit to the country this weekend, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa pledged Japan's continued support for Ukraine.

Speaking at a news conference with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kiev on Sunday, she said Japan had decided to contribute $37 million to the trust fund. x27;NATO to provide drone detection systems, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.

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In Russia, more than 100 residents of the Russian border town of Belgorod were evacuated to a more remote area in Ukraine, local officials said .

On behalf of the regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov, we met with the first residents of Belgorod who decided to settle in the safest place. More than 100 people have been placed in our temporary accommodation centers, wrote Andrei Chesnokov, head of the Stary Oskol district, about 115 kilometers from Belgorod, on the social network Telegram.

Ukrainian attacks on Belgorod on Dec. 30 killed 25 people, officials said, and rocket and drone attacks continued throughout this week.

Meanwhile, Russian military personnel celebrated Orthodox Christmas on Sunday. The Russian Defense Ministry said military priests led prayer services on the front line on Sunday and Christmas Eve.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends an Orthodox Christmas service with the families of Russian servicemen who died in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was joined by the families of servicemen who died in Ukraine's war during Christmas Eve masses at his residence in Novo-Ogaryovo, a western suburb of Moscow.

Many of our men, our brave and heroic guys, are still today, during the holidays, warriors of Russia, with weapons in their hands, and defend the interests of our country, he told the families present, according to the Kremlin press service.

In his annual Christmas interview, broadcast by the official Russian news agency TASS, Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, referred to the war in Ukraine.

The trials that are happening to us today are not capable of crushing our worldview, which directly includes love of the homeland and the desire to defend it, he said. responded when asked how to reassure Russians amid military and civilian deaths.

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