Ukraine hit by dozens of missiles in Russian drone attack
Ukraine’s military said that at least 69 missiles were launched toward Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Lviv, and Zhytomyr
December 30, 2022 8:34am
Updated: February 13, 2023 2:06pm
Several Ukrainian cities were hit by Russian missiles on Thursday in one of the largest bombardments since the war began in February.
Ukraine’s military said that at least 69 missiles were launched toward Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Lviv, and Zhytomyr. Ukrainian air defenses intercepted 54 of them.
Ukraine’s Air Force said that Russia attacked the country from “various directions with air and sea-based cruise missiles." According to Brig. Gen. Oleksiy Hromov, the missiles were targeting energy infrastructure across the whole country.
According to the capital city’s military administration, 16 missiles were destroyed by air defenses. However, Kyiv residents had to take shelter as sirens wailed across the city.
At least three people were injured in the air raid that lasted almost five hours in Kyiv, according to Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko. Additionally, two homes and part of an administration building were damaged.
In Odesa, 21 missiles were shot down by the Ukrainian military. While some fragments of the destroyed missiles hit a residential building, no casualties were reported.
In Mykolaiv, five missiles were intercepted by the military. However, several explosions were reported in the city of Lviv.
Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky said that most regions hit by missiles were suffering from power outages.
"But this is nothing compared with what could have happened if it were not for our heroic anti-aircraft gunners and air defense," Zelensky said.
Kyiv said that Iran is supplying Russia with the drones used in the air attacks. However, Tehran claimed that it hasn’t supplied the Kremlin with any drones since before the war started.