A quick overview of the Russia-Ukraine conflict: our knowledge on the 662nd day.

Turkey, Romania, and Bulgaria are set to sign a deal in January to clear mines in the Black Sea resulting from the war in Ukraine, according to Turkish Defence Minister Yasar Guler. The “Trilateral Initiative” will involve these three countries and a signing ceremony is planned for 11 January in Istanbul.

A Ukrainian truck driver has died in the blockades at the Polish border, staged by Polish truckers, as reported by Ukraine’s Suspilne public broadcaster. The driver fell ill at the Krakivets-Korczowa crossing and passed away while being transported to a hospital. This is the third death related to the blockades.

The Hungarian foreign ministry has threatened to veto Bulgaria’s entry into the Schengen Zone unless it removes a transit tax on Russian gas. This comes after all 27 European Union members, except Hungary, agreed to start accession talks with Ukraine despite Russia’s invasion. The Hungarian Prime Minister’s grievances were not addressed during the agreement.

Russian news agencies report that Vladimir Putin will run for president as an independent candidate, with strong support from various sectors. Over 700 politicians, athletes, and cultural figures have unanimously endorsed Putin’s nomination at a meeting in Moscow.

The Ukrainian air force claims to have repelled a Russian drone attack overnight, successfully shooting down 30 out of the 31 drones launched by Moscow. The targeted regions included Kyiv, Kherson, and Khmelnytsky.

Moscow’s occupying authorities in the Kherson region state that a Ukrainian missile attack on a Russian-held village in southern Ukraine resulted in the death of two individuals. The missile struck Nova Mayachka, located on the Russian-occupied bank of the Dnipro river, east of Kherson.

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