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Russia launches massive attack across Ukraine


Kyiv, 29 December 2023 (TDI): Russia launched a massive attack across Ukraine with 122 missiles and 36 drones on Friday, killing at least 18 civilians nationwide.

According to Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the head of Ukraine’s armed forces, the air force there effectively intercepted 27 drones of the Shahed type and 87 missiles during the night.

Air Force commander Mykola Oleshchuk called it, “The most massive aerial attack” since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022.

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, Russia launched 96 missiles during the biggest previous attack, which took place in November 2022. According to Air Force records, the biggest assault of the year happened on March 9, involving 81 missiles.

Additionally, Ukrainian officials have called upon their Western allies to enhance air defense capabilities, seeking increased protection against incidents like the recent Friday attack. These requests arise amid growing signs of war fatigue, which are putting a strain on efforts to maintain support.

At least 86 people were hurt, according to Ukrainian officials, and it’s unclear how many were buried by wreckage during the 18-hour attack. Schools, apartment buildings, and maternity hospitals were among the damaged buildings in Ukraine.

Ballistic and cruise missiles were among the several weapons that the Kremlin’s forces used, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“Today, Russia used nearly every type of weapon in its arsenal,” Zelenskyy said in a statement.

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Yurii Ihnat, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, claimed that Russia appeared to have used every weapon in its arsenal—with the exception of Kalibr missiles launched from submarines.

According to official reports, the airstrikes began on Thursday and continued all night. Moreover, the airstrikes targeted six towns, including the capital Kyiv, as well as a number of areas from east to west and north to south.

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