Mobilized reservists of the Russian Army attend a concert. Donat Sorokin / TASS  

Reuters: No Christmas ceasefire in Ukraine, Russia says, as prisoner swap frees American  

KYIV — Moscow on Wednesday said no “Christmas ceasefire” was on the cards after nearly 10 months of devastating war in Ukraine, even as the release of dozens more prisoners including an American showed that some contacts between the two sides remain. 

Russia and Ukraine are not currently engaged in talks to end the fighting, which is raging in the east and south and reached Kyiv again on Wednesday. Tens of thousands of people have been killed, millions more displaced and cities reduced to rubble since Russia invaded its neighbor on Feb. 24.  

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Update: Kremlin Says No Discussion Of New Year, Christmas Truce In Ukraine (AFP)  

WNU Editor: The prospect of a Christmas or New Year ceasefire is zero.