As we prepared to see in the New Year in Ukraine, Russia began one of the biggest missile attacks in the war against energy infrastructure. Shortly after dawn, the sound of explosions was heard throughout cities and towns across the country as 69 cruise missiles and armed drones struck civilian targets. Kyiv described as one of the heaviest days of air strikes since the Kremlin launched a war against Ukraine’s water, electricity and heating supply systems, in which, as temperatures began dropping with the beginning of winter, have focused on power plants. Thursday’s attacks were the 10th major attack on Ukraine’s power grid in the month of the beginning of September.
Russian Presidency Vladimir Putin has employed the tactic to break the will for resistance among Ukraine’s civilians, by throwing non-combatants in darkness and cold with sub-zero temperatures, as the battle enters it’s 10th month. According to Kyiv the air defense unit belonging to the Ukrainian military have destroyed 54 of the 69 cruise missiles launched in the past by Russian forces. The latest round of strikes left 90% inhabitants of Lviv in western Ukraine in western Ukraine without power According to the local authorities and water supplies were also seriously affected. In Kyiv, 40% of residential buildings were left without electric supply, Kyiv’s mayor Kyiv’s capital city, Vitali Klitschko, said.
A Ukrainian anti-aircraft weapon landed on Belarusian territorial territory, according to BelTA, the state news agency, which added there was no report of any casualties. According to BelTA, the Belarusian Defense Ministry is investigating whether it was shot down by its own system of air defense or whether it was unable to hit its target.
The dawn was breaking over Kiev and Kiev, the hum of missiles as well as gray trails flew across the sky. Alarms for air raids have earlier issued a warning to the capital, like the whole country in general, was on the alert for the possibility of a missile strike. The attacks on Thursday saw 16 projectiles fired from Moscow were directed at the Ukrainian capital, all were blocked by anti-aircraft defences, according to Kyiv officials. In the end, shell fragments struck two homes, a children’s playground , and a factory and injured three individuals, as well as a child According to the Kyiv mayor’s office.
Russian strikes have also damaged infrastructure that was damaged in Odesa, a port town Odesa as well as the cities in northern Russia of Zhytomyr and Kharkiv. There were several buildings damaged, as well as even a power line and gas pipeline were destroyed in shelling on the outskirts of the southern-central city of Zaporizhzhia, according to the governor of the region, Oleksandr Staruj. In Kherson the city, which was liberated through Ukrainian forces in November and was the subject of intense shelling for the past couple of days, a missile hit a medical facility, according to officials in the area, wounding two individuals. “They imagine that Ukrainians are going to celebrate the New Year in darkness and cold. They will not be able to conquer the Ukrainian people,” Kyiv’s Defense Ministry announced on social networks.
A power plant in Kyiv is burning after the drone strike on December 19th, 2022. A power plant in Kyiv burns after a drone attack on December 19, 2022.
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The most recent round of air strike was performed by at the very least 13 strategic bombers that carried cruise missiles as per the Ukrainian Air Force. Prior to the missiles beginning to rain down, Moscow sent waves of Iranian-made Shahed suicide drones. They are used by Russian forces to try to deter Ukrainian air defense forces ahead of the subsequent missile strikes. A squadron of 13 of these drones were sent against Kharkiv, with 11 shot down, according to local officials. In Dnipro, a strategic city situated in the central region of the country , and an important logistics and communication hub, five drones were downed just before missiles were fired. The southern Ukrainian Army command has reported that three Russian ships carrying missiles have taken to positions in combat within the Black Sea.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has warned days earlier that Russia had plans for large-scale attacks during the holiday period. “With the approaching holiday season, Russian terrorists may become active again,” he stated. “They despise Christian values and any values in general.”
The strike on Thursday was just days away from the drone strike on the Russian strategically bomber base at the base from which Moscow has conducted raids on crucial Ukrainian infrastructure. At least three Russian soldier were killed during an attack that exposed cracks in Moscow’s anti-aircraft defences. This was the second time a drone has attacked in the Engels airbase that is located in the Saratov region. It is located some hundreds of miles away from Ukrainian border. As it had done after prior attacks on bases within Russian territory and on Russian territory, the Ukrainian government used an obscure language and did not attribute these strikes to the country’s own army while clarifying that they’re directly related to the Kremlin’s war.