December 24, 2022 Russia-Ukraine news

By Maureen Chowdhury, Aditi Sangal and Tori B. Powell, CNN

Updated 4:04 PM ET, Sat December 24, 2022
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10:42 a.m. ET, December 24, 2022

Moscow may cut oil output by up to 7% in the new year, Russian deputy prime minister says

From CNN’s Clare Sebastian in London

Russia may cut oil output by 5% to 7% at the start of next year, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told Russian state television channel on Friday, detailing a concrete threat of a production cut for the first time.

“We are ready to partially reduce our production, and this may happen, I assess the risk, let’s say at the start of next year we could have a reduction of 500,000-700,000 barrels a day, for us that’s about 5-6, 5-7%t. This is an insignificant amount, but nevertheless the risks are there,” Novak said in an interview with Russia 24.  

That production cut may be necessary, Novak said, because a presidential order is being prepared that includes a ban on the delivery of oil and oil products to countries that impose European Union’s price caps.

“As far as the price cap is concerned, a presidential order is being prepared, it’s almost ready for release. That order will include a ban on the delivery of oil and oil products to those countries and legal entities who will require compliance with the European Union’s price cap in their contracts,” Novak said.

The prices of Brent crude prices were up by 3.6% on Friday, recording its highest level in three weeks. 

Earlier this month, the European Union, along with the G7 and Australia, approved a price cap on Russian oil at $60 a barrel. The European Union also prohibits Russian crude oil imports by sea, designed to limit the Kremlin’s revenues.


10:31 a.m. ET, December 24, 2022

Ukrainian presidential adviser urges liquidation of Iranian weapons factories and arrest of suppliers

From CNN’s Robert Iddiols in London

Parts of UAVs used by the Russian military are displayed during a media briefing by the Security and Defense Forces of Ukraine in Kyiv on December 15.
Parts of UAVs used by the Russian military are displayed during a media briefing by the Security and Defense Forces of Ukraine in Kyiv on December 15. (Stringer/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

A top adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday called for the liquidation of Iranian factories making drones and missiles and the arrest of their suppliers.  

Presidential aide Mykhailo Podolyak tweeted that Iran was “planning to boost missile, drone supplies for Russia” with blatant disregard for international sanctions.  

Kyiv has accused Tehran of supplying 1700 Shahed-136 loitering munitions to Moscow, which it says have been used to hit targets in Ukraine since September.  

“Non-working sanctions” ought to be abandoned, Podolyak wrote, replaced with more “destructive” measures such as the “liquidation of plants” and the “arrest of suppliers.”

Podolyak’s comments come after CNN and other outlets reported last month that Iran was preparing to send more weapons, including surface-to-surface short range ballistic missile and more attack drones to Russia before the end of the year.

The Iranian government acknowledged last month that it had sent a limited number of drones to Russia before the start of its invasion of Ukraine, but has denied supplying military equipment for use in the war.   

During his landmark trip to the US earlier this week, Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky said those claims were false and accused Tehran of sending “deadly drones” to Russia in “hundreds and hundreds.”

US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield on Thursday called for a fact finding team to investigate Russia’s renewed use of Iranian drones against Ukraine’s infrastructure, and a review of Iran’s violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

View Podolyak's tweet, below:

CNN’s Kylie Atwood contributed reporting to this post.

8:09 a.m. ET, December 24, 2022

At least 7 people killed in Kherson city due to Russian shelling, Ukrainian official says

From CNN's Dennis Lapin in Kyiv and Robert Iddiols

At least seven people were killed and 58 others were injured in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson following Saturday’s Russian shelling, according to an update from the Deputy head of the Presidential Office, Kyrylo Tymoshenko. 

Posting to Telegram, Tymoshenko said that “doctors are fighting for the lives of the victims.” 18 of the injured are in serious condition. 

“There are no military facilities even nearby. This is a targeted attack on civilians,” Tymoshenko added.

“Law enforcement officers are already investigating this terrorist act,” Tymoshenko said, adding that “every inhuman who gave this criminal order and executed it will be brought to justice.”

8:25 a.m. ET, December 24, 2022

Zelensky condemns Russian shelling of Kherson as an act of "terror"

From Dennis Lapin in Kyiv and CNN’s Robert Iddiols in London

Cars burn on a street after a Russian strike in Kherson on Saturday.
Cars burn on a street after a Russian strike in Kherson on Saturday. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Reuters

Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky condemned the Russian shelling of Kherson city on Saturday as an act of “terror.”

“The terrorist country continues bringing the Russian world in the form of shelling of the civilian population. Kherson. In the morning, on Saturday, on the eve of Christmas, in the central part of the city,” Zelensky said.

“These are not military facilities,” he wrote on Telegram Saturday. “This is not a war according to the rules defined. It is terror, it is killing for the sake of intimidation and pleasure.” 

The Ukrainian president posted several photos showing the aftermath of the bombardment, in which cars are aflame and bodies litter the street.  

“Social networks will most likely mark these photos as ‘sensitive content.’ But this is not sensitive content — it is the real life of Ukraine and Ukrainians,” Zelensky said.  

“The world must see and understand what absolute evil we are fighting against,” Zelensky added.