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Russian cities cancel New Year’s festivities in solidarity with Belgorod

Around a dozen Russian cities have cancelled public New Year’s celebrations in the wake of a massive Ukrainian attack on the border city of Belgorod, their mayors announced on Sunday.

Kiev launched a barrage of rockets targeting the city centre of Belgorod on Saturday, in a strike that claimed the lives of 24 people, including four children, and left 108 injured.

Holding festivities at this time would be “inappropriate,” Yury Grishin, the mayor of the Far-Eastern Russian city of Magadan, said in a Telegram post as he announced the cancellation of public celebrations. He also called on residents to refrain from setting off fireworks.

The mayor of the Far-Eastern city of Blagoveshchensk, which borders China, issued a similar statement. “We’ve decided to cancel the holiday fireworks show planned for the evening,” Oleg Imameev said on Sunday, explaining that it would have been “out of place.”

He added that there will be time to celebrate in the future, and called on people to spend New Year’s with their relatives and loved ones.

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