A concise summary of the Russia-Ukraine conflict: the latest updates after 683 days.

The UK’s Ministry of Defence reports that the Russian military is set to lose 500,000 personnel within the next year. According to a tweet from the MoD, the average daily number of Russian casualties in Ukraine has increased by nearly 300 in 2023. If this trend continues, Russia will have lost over half a million personnel in Ukraine.
The MoD also states that Russia is struggling to establish air superiority over Ukraine. Three Russian combat jets were shot down before Christmas, impacting the tactical objectives of ground forces later in the month. The MoD notes that Russia has increased aerial strikes in recent days, although not as much as before the shootdowns.
A missile strike by Russia has resulted in the deaths of 11 people and injured 10 in and around the eastern Ukrainian city of Pokrovsk. The governor of the Ukrainian-controlled part of Donetsk region reveals that five of the victims were children. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy describes the attack as targeting ordinary private homes.
Denmark plans to transfer 19 American-made F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine in the second quarter of 2024 after Ukrainian pilots complete their training. The Danish defence ministry states that the donation is scheduled for the second quarter of 2024, focusing on the training of Ukrainian personnel who will operate the planes.
Following an agreement with the Polish government, Polish farmers have suspended their blockade of a major crossing into Ukraine. However, truckers continue to blockade three other main border crossings in protest against unfair competition from Ukrainian counterparts and the relaxation of access rules for Ukrainian firms to the European Union.
As per reports from Reuters, the Kharkiv region prosecutor’s office has provided additional evidence of Russia attacking Ukraine with missiles supplied by North Korea. Fragments of the missiles have been showcased as proof. A senior adviser to President Zelenskiy stated that Russia used missiles supplied by North Korea for the first time during its invasion this week.

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