As the people of Ukraine prepare to celebrate Christmas, President Volodymyr Zelensky has encouraged them to go on with their lives although Russia is acting belligerently.
In a belligerent statement that he issued on Saturday, he said, "Freedom comes at a high price. However, the price of slavery is far higher.
As a direct consequence of Russian missile and drone attacks, millions of people in Ukraine do not have access to modern conveniences such as power, heat, or running water.
Kherson, which is located in southern Ukraine, was reportedly hit by Russian airstrikes earlier on Saturday, resulting in the deaths of ten people.
The local authorities said that 68 more persons had been injured and pleaded with the community to donate blood as soon as possible.
According to Mr. Zelensky, Russia is a "terrorist country," and its military "kills for fear and pleasure."
He released photographs of streets that were strewn with burned automobiles and dead and stated on social media that "the world must see and realize what absolute evil we are struggling against." He also tweeted the statement.
The city of Kherson, which had been occupied by Russia since the beginning of Russia's full-scale offensive on February 24, was retaken by Ukraine last month.
Since that time, Russian forces stationed on the eastern (left) bank of the Dnipro river has often launched attacks against it.
Moscow has always disputed allegations that its military operations purposefully target civilians. But Vladimir Putin has admitted that the Russian military has begun striking important energy infrastructure in Ukraine, which is a significant development.
The majority of Ukraine's Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Eve on January 6, making it the most significant feast in the Ukrainian Orthodox Christian calendar.
Despite this, the majority of Christians throughout the world now celebrate the holiday on December 24, and a growing number of worshippers around the world have begun to follow this trend.
Mr. Zelensky delivered the following statement to the nation via video message late on Saturday night: "We suffered at the beginning of the fight. We were subjected to several forms of violence, including assaults, threats, nuclear blackmail, terror, and missile attacks. Let us not give up throughout this winter since we are well aware of what we want to accomplish.
A Christmas party is on the agenda for us! as usual. We're going to have a good time and smile a lot. as usual. The importance of one cannot be overstated. No, we are not going to wait around for a miracle to happen. After all, we are the ones who are responsible for making it happen."
Hugo Bachega, a journalist based in Kyiv, predicts that many people in Ukraine will spend Christmas in the dark in freezing temperatures.
As the eleventh month of the battle draws near, the Ukrainians assert that the challenges they have faced have only made them stronger.
On Saturday, Russian forces attacked the essential town of Bakhmut in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, which sparked a fierce struggle that continued for the whole of the day.