Updated December 29th, 2023 at 16:18 IST
Russia's 'massive' assault strikes multiple Ukrainian cities
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, communicating via Telegram, confirmed that approximately 110 missiles were launched by Russia
In a harrowing and unprecedented escalation of conflict, Russia unleashed a barrage of attacks across various cities in Ukraine overnight Thursday, resulting in a devastating toll of casualties and widespread destruction.
The assault, described as "massive," targeted multiple Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odessa, Dnipro, and Zaporizhzhia, as per a report from Politico. Reports of missiles and drones raining down on civilian-populated areas prompted millions to seek refuge following air raid alerts. Ukraine's Air Force spokesperson, Yuriy Ihnat, underscored the intensity of the assault, expressing astonishment at the display of force, encompassing a combination of hypersonic, cruise, and ballistic missiles directed at numerous targets throughout the country.
A look at Zelenskyy's response
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, communicating via Telegram, confirmed that approximately 110 missiles were launched by Russia, with a substantial number intercepted. Despite defenses, tragic incidents unfolded across the nation, with casualties reported and significant damage inflicted.
In Kyiv, an apartment building, metro station, and warehouse incurred severe damage, resulting in casualties, as confirmed by the city's mayor through Telegram. Similar catastrophic scenarios unfolded in other cities like Dnipro, where a maternity hospital and shopping center became targets, and Kharkiv, subjected to intense rocket fire.
Attack comes on the heels of Ukrainian strike against Russian warship
The assault, occurring on the heels of Ukraine's recent strike against a Russian warship in Crimea, reflects a distressing escalation in hostilities between the two nations.
"We are resolute in defending our homeland, ensuring the safety of every city and citizen. Russian aggression will not prevail," stated President Zelenskyy on Telegram, reaffirming Ukraine's determination in the face of such ruthless attacks.
Amidst the chaos, Ukrainian officials are urgently calling for increased international support, emphasizing the dire need for bolstered defenses against the ongoing aggression.
As the conflict intensifies, the global community observes with alarm the escalating tensions and human toll in this deeply concerning chapter of international discord.
Published December 29th, 2023 at 16:18 IST