Two Ukrainian servicemen were heavily wounded in Donbas amid nine ceasefire violations committed by Russia-backed separatists since midnight, the Joint Forces Operation HQ said in its evening update.
The separatists fired with various grenade launchers, heavy machine-guns and small arms near New York, anti-tank missile systems near Novozvanivka, automatic mounted grenade launchers near Novoluhanske, Krasnohorivka and Travneve and 120-mm mortars near Maryinka. They also dropped VOG-17 grenade launchers from a drone near Hnutove.
US military aid
US President Joe Biden signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, for fiscal year 2022, which authorizes $770 billion in defense spending, Reuters has reported.
The NDAA includes $300 million for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which provides support to Ukraine's armed forces, $4 billion for the European Defense Initiative and $150 million for Baltic security cooperation.
Ex-President Petro Poroshenko told 5 Kanal that he would return to Ukraine in the first half of January and "answer all questions regarding both high treason and financing of terrorism", of which he is suspected.
A petition to the Ukrainian president demanding the abolition of military registration of women has collected the 25,000 signatures required for consideration.
The petition was launched on 23 December and collected the necessary signatures in less than four days.
Ukraine registered 1,864 new Covid-19 cases on 26 December, the Health Ministry said. Therre were 133 fatalities.