Russia fired numerous missiles into Ukraine early on Thursday, targeting Kyiv and other cities, including Lviv in the west and Odesa in the southwest.
This latest barrage of missile attacks sent people rushing to shelters and knocking out power in one of Moscow’s largest aerial assaults to date.
“Senseless barbarism. These are the only words that come to mind seeing Russia launch another missile barrage at peaceful Ukrainian cities ahead of New Year,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter.
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Ukraine’s military said that they were able to shoot down 54 missiles out of 69 launched by Russia, according to Reuters.
Air raid sirens rang out across Ukraine for five hours in the capital Kyiv.
Officials had earlier said more than 120 missiles were fired during the assault.
Ukraine’s military said Russia had launched air and sea-based cruise missiles, and anti-aircraft missiles at energy infrastructure facilities in eastern, central, western, and southern regions. The attacks followed an overnight assault by “kamikaze” drones.
More than 18 residential buildings and 10 critical infrastructure installations were destroyed in the latest attacks, the defense ministry said in a statement.