Russia launches a wave of missiles at Ukraine in a massive New Year's Eve air attack

Russia launches a wave of missiles at Ukraine in a massive New Year's Eve air attack

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People stitchery astatine the bottommost of a hotel, which has been partially destroyed by a Russian onslaught successful the halfway of the Ukrainian superior Kyiv connected Saturday. Sergei Supinsky /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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People stitchery astatine the bottommost of a hotel, which has been partially destroyed by a Russian onslaught successful the halfway of the Ukrainian superior Kyiv connected Saturday.

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KYIV and MOSCOW — Russia intensified its aerial attacks against Ukraine, wrapping up a twelvemonth of aggravated warfare against the state by firing cruise missiles and explosive drones astatine respective cities. All 25 of Ukraine's administrative regions spent overmuch of the time Saturday nether aerial raid warnings.

The commander-in-chief of Ukraine's Armed Forces, Valery Zaluzhny, said his aerial defenses successfully intercepted a full of 12 incoming attacks, six of which were successful Kyiv. The full fig of incoming attacks was unclear.

The sounds of astatine slightest 10 large explosions echoed done the halfway of Ukraine's superior connected Saturday afternoon. Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko reported that large blasts caused "ruins" successful 4 of the city's neighborhoods. He added that astatine slightest 1 idiosyncratic died, and respective much person been hospitalized.

Kyiv's exigency services were dispatched to respective locations astir the city. Videos published to societal media and geo-located by NPR amusement respective evident injuries, including partially severed limbs and bloodied faces connected 1 residential street.

That street, successful a vicinity called Protasiv Yar, was blocked disconnected to mean postulation Saturday evening. As immoderate section residents walked their dogs, others were trying to cleanable up the harm from the blasts.

Gennadiy Scholik was sweeping solid disconnected the beforehand windshield of his car, which had been shattered. He said his woman Svetlana suffered a concussion arsenic a effect of the blast.

"There, a pistillate died," helium said, pointing down the roadworthy to wherever the videos had shown a motionless pistillate lying connected the crushed with a severed hand.

One nonmigratory shouted and argued with exigency workers connected the scene, seemingly successful daze astir the detonation that had occurred, shouting sarcastically that helium was fine.

"What I heard, it was truthful scary, that I truly became terrified," said different vicinity resident, Valentina Povyakel. "The detonation [was] truthful huge, and each the windows instantly shattered."

Povyakel gave a circuit of her damaged apartment, showing that the windows were each blown retired and her feline was frightened and hiding. She besides said that wrong an hr of the explosion, her neighbors had helpfully travel by to instrumentality the damaged windows disconnected the hinges and enactment up plywood to artifact retired the cold. She had swept up overmuch of the glass.

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Still, determination was a batch of harm to her home, and she is simply a retired pensioner with constricted means.

"What americium I going to bash now?" she said.

A apical exigency advisor to the Ukrainian statesmanlike administration, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, said that Russian missiles besides deed a four-star edifice successful Kyiv's amusement district.

Upon arrival, an NPR analogous observed that the country of the Alfavito Hotel had collapsed, with investigators already connected the country documenting and photographing the damage. In beforehand of the edifice stood Ukrainian and EU flags, undamaged by the blast.

Ukraine's powerfulness grid relation said it preventatively unopen disconnected energy to respective areas of the superior region, but did not study immoderate harm to their infrastructure.

While Kyiv bore the brunt of Saturday's attacks, respective cities successful the westbound and southbound besides fended disconnected Russian airstrikes. The determination head successful the occidental Ukrainian portion of Khmelnytskyi says 20 Russian missiles flew implicit his area, hitting immoderate targets and injuring astatine slightest 4 civilians. Residents successful the confederate metropolis of Mykolaiv besides sustained injuries, according to officials there.

Saturday's strikes travel arsenic societal media reports explosions successful 4 cities successful the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula. Official Russian sources didn't corroborate the reports.

Earlier successful the week, the person of Ukraine's subject intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov, told a section paper that helium expects Ukrainian forces to determination into Crimea by the summer.

A pistillate walks done darkened Kyiv arsenic galore thoroughfare lights stay disconnected owed to powerfulness shortages successful the superior aft galore Russian aerial strikes connected the country's vigor infrastructure connected Friday successful Kyiv, Ukraine. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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A pistillate walks done darkened Kyiv arsenic galore thoroughfare lights stay disconnected owed to powerfulness shortages successful the superior aft galore Russian aerial strikes connected the country's vigor infrastructure connected Friday successful Kyiv, Ukraine.

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The attacks connected Ukraine came arsenic Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his yearly New Year's code and vowed Russian forces would prevail successful Ukraine. Speaking surrounded by Russian soldiers alternatively than the accepted Kremlin backdrop, Putin said 2022 had been a twelvemonth of "hard indispensable decisions" but that Russian forces were warring successful Ukraine to support Russian "sovereignty" from Western aggression.

"The West lied astir (wanting) peace," Putin said. "It was preparing for aggression...and present they are cynically utilizing Ukraine and its radical to weaken and divided Russia."

"We person ne'er allowed this, and volition ne'er let anybody to bash this to us," helium added.

The Russian person aboriginal bestowed the country's highest subject grant – the Order of Saint George – connected the commandant of its forces successful Ukraine, Gen. Sergei Surovikin.

Surovikin ordered the wide targeting of Ukraine's civilian infrastructure — a maneuver Ukraine and its occidental allies accidental is simply a warfare crime.

Russia's Defense Ministry besides announced the instrumentality of 82 Russian prisoners of warfare pursuing what it said were negotiations with "territories nether the power of the Kyiv regime."

Ukrainian officials made nary remark connected the speech but person engaged successful a bid of captive swaps with Russia successful caller weeks.

Maynes reported from Moscow. Hanna Palamerenko contributed to this study from Dnipro, Ukraine. Rotislav Peleh contributed to this study from Kyiv.

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