Russian Missiles Rain Down On Ukraine On New Year’s Eve – Russian forces followed up on a week of an intense missile, drone, and artillery strikes across Ukraine on New Year’s Eve.
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Reportedly launching more than 20 cruise missiles in quick succession. More than a dozen Ukrainian civilians were injured in the strikes, and at least one person was killed.
The second major missile strike in three days, with drone and artillery strikes having also occurred in towns from the north to the south on Friday, the New Year’s Eve attacks damaged civilian infrastructure and homes.
Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, confirmed that 12 of the 20 cruise missiles were intercepted by Ukrainian air defense systems, and that the Russians launched the missiles using Tu-95ns strategic bombers located in the Caspian Sea as well as a series of other ground-based missile launchers.
“The forces and means of our air defense destroyed 12 cruise missiles: 6 within Kyiv, 5 Zhytomyr and 1 Khmelnytskyi regions,” Zaluzhnyi wrote.
“Let’s hold on! We cannot be broken! Victory will be ours!”
Missiles struck roads, residential buildings, and infrastructure in the Kyiv, Khmelnytskyim, and Zhytomyr regions. Five districts of Kyiv saw extensive damage, including the destruction of a hotel and the Ukraine Palace concert hall.
Ukraine Was Hit Hard
Dramatic video footage shared on Telegram and Twitter shows the impact of the Russian missiles that struck Kyiv on New Year’s Eve.
In the video, residential buildings can be seen in a state of total disrepair, with destroyed rooves and streets scarred by huge flaming craters.
In one video, a person can be seen on a stretcher being taken to a nearby hospital.
Ukrainians Celebrate Anyway
Video footage and photographs shared online show how Ukrainians in Kyiv and other major cities continue to celebrate, despite the threat of Russian missiles. Ukrainians gathered in Sophia Square in Kyiv to celebrate the new year, some wearing costumes.
Retired U.S. Army Sergeant Jonathan Lubecky, who is currently located in a compound outside of central Kyiv, told 19FortyFive that people in the city center were “terrified,” with people rushing into subway stations and underground malls.
“Before I left, people were terrified. Everyone went to the subway stations, which are actually more like an underground mall because there aren’t subways running,” Lubecky said.
“People were calling loved ones to make sure they were alright, and to say they were fine. Some people couldn’t text because their hands were shaking so bad.”
Local people were required to return home before the 11 pm curfew.
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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive’s Breaking News Editor.
December 31, 2022 at 4:49 pm
But Ukraine is pious right? They were shelling Russian speakers in Ukraine for years. It’s been reported widely since 2018 this was happening… but Putin is evil. Right. Got it
December 31, 2022 at 5:46 pm
You speak the truth. In fact, the post-Nuland-coup Ukrainian regime started killing Russian-speakers and anti-coup protestors in 2014. The US/UK press is in lockstep with their war-pig masters. Just like Iraq and so many other countries devastated by the USG war machine.
December 31, 2022 at 9:28 pm
I doubt it. You’re nowhere near
Ukraine is by far the largest country in Europe. One does not simply bomb Ukraine. It would take a very serious D-day plus all soviet campaign from WW2 to have even a crack at a country the size of Ukraine. It would take decades.
I’m pretty sure that none of you “journalists” would even attempt something as un-lying as actually figuring
December 31, 2022 at 10:35 pm
The United States bombed and shelled for 20 years Afghanistan and Iraq, bombed Libya and Syria. Who will answer for these crimes?
January 1, 2023 at 4:37 pm
Welcome to war
January 1, 2023 at 4:39 pm
Russia has a right to defend itself
January 1, 2023 at 4:47 pm
Coward Joe wants to keep sending Ukraine money, probably channeled back to him and his incestious family. His weakness, democrats weakness and fascination on climate change has allowed this
Károly von Papp
January 2, 2023 at 12:46 pm
Huhh ! Come live with Ukranians yyou faraway idiot ameritards.
Come on,maaaaaaaann! Experience some and then change sides you genocide
Theres no country which borders Ukraine: who did not suffered atrocities in the artificially created Ukraine.
Slovaks,hungarians,romanians,polish…and every INDIGENEOUS people lived with beat-ups,grenade attacks,death threats.
Btw every UN report condemned the so called Borderland -ukraine in slavic- last time 2022. februar…. nothing happened….
Each and every ukranian knew every aspect of these atrocities,so
lets fight until the last pig!
Cheers from Hungary!
See you at the international court of Hague!