For the first time in five years, a New Year tree was mounted in the center of Chechen capital Grozny. The 15-meter-tall tree immediately attracted crowds of children, many of whom never saw a fir tree before. Simultaneously, the republic's authorities began distributing New Year gifts among children. According to Chechen Vice Premier Aminat Batyzheva, the gifts will go to 200,000 kids aged 3 and up. A number of New Year celebrations will be organised for children during the school vacation.
The Turkish army has completed preparations for operations in northern Syria and is awaiting orders to launch an invasion of four Syrian cities: Manbij, Tel Tamir, Ain Isa and Tel Rifat