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Putin’s revenge: Russia launches ‘everything it has’ in its most intense aerial attack of Ukrainian cities days after Vladimir’s forces suffered humiliating loss of a warship in occupied Crimea

Putin’s revenge: Russia launches ‘everything it has’ in its most intense aerial attack of Ukrainian cities days after Vladimir’s forces suffered humiliating loss of a warship in occupied Crimea

Russia today launched ‘everything it has’ in its most intense aerial attack since the start of the war, with missiles raining down on Ukrainian cities including Kyiv.

The overnight attacks came days after Ukraine struck a Russian warship in the occupied Crimean port of Feodosia in a major setback for the Russian navy.

It is seen as the most intense aerial attack of the brutal and bloody war Putin unleashed 22 months ago.

‘Russia attacked with everything it has in its arsenal,’ President Zelensky said on Telegram. 

Russia’s army today said it had struck all its targets in dozens of attacks on Ukraine over a week. 

It said it had ‘carried out 50 group strikes and one massive strike’ and ‘all targets were hit,’ adding that it was aiming at military facilities.

Ukraine’s prosecutor general said the latest wave of Russian strikes today had killed at least 16 people and injured almost a hundred.

‘This morning, the enemy fired over 150 missiles and attack drones at peaceful Ukrainian cities. We know about 16 dead. 97 wounded, including at least two children aged six and eight years old,’ Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin said. 

Video released on social media appeared to show a huge fireball rising from the top of a high rise in Kyiv. 

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Moscow‘s latest missile strikes on Ukraine showed Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘will stop at nothing to achieve his aim of eradicating freedom and democracy’.

‘We will not let him win. We must continue to stand with Ukraine – for as long as it takes,’ he added on X, formerly Twitter

Russia tried to overwhelm Ukraine’s air defences across most major cities. It launched 122 missiles and 36 drones against Ukrainian targets, officials said today.

The Ukrainian air force intercepted 87 of the missiles and 27 of the Shahed-type drones overnight, Ukraine’s military chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi said.

An unknown number of people were buried under rubble, Ukrainian officials said, and scores were reported injured.

The explosion at a high rise in Kyiv

Video released on social media showed a Russian missile attack Kyiv. A high-rise building was hit in Kyiv

Smoke rises in the sky over the city after a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Smoke rises in the sky over the city after a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

An explosion of a missile is seen during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

An explosion of a missile is seen during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

A medical worker helps a man wounded during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

A medical worker helps a man wounded during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Zelensky said the Kremlin’s forces used a wide variety of weapons, including ballistic and cruise missiles.

Buildings damaged in six cities included warehouses, a shopping mall and a maternity hospital, according to officials.

A metro station building used as a shelter in Ukraine’s capital was damaged, Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said on the Telegram messenger app.

Sergiy Popko, head of Kyiv’s military administration, said debris fell in two parts of the city and there was also a fire in a residential apartment building.

The city’s Lukyanivska metro station, whose platforms were being used as an air raid shelter, was damaged and its entrance closed to passengers, Popko said.

Several other residential and warehouse buildings were damaged.

The mayor of the western city of Lviv, Andrii Sadovyi, said one person was killed and eight injured and three schools and a kindergarten were damaged in a drone attack in the region.

Several dozen missiles were launched towards Kyiv during the night, with more than 30 of them intercepted, Popko said. 

The attack started a fire at a warehouse in the capital’s Podil district where five people reportedly were pulled from the rubble. Three people were killed in the capital.

Twenty two Russian strikes were recorded in Kharkiv, damaging a hospital, residential buildings and an industrial facility, Mayor Ihor Terekhov said in televised comments.

Emergency services work at the site of an overnight rocket attack on a shopping mall in Dnipro, Dnipropetrovsk region, southeastern Ukraine, 29 December 2023

Emergency services work at the site of an overnight rocket attack on a shopping mall in Dnipro, Dnipropetrovsk region, southeastern Ukraine, 29 December 2023

A general view of damage at the site of an overnight rocket attack on a shopping mall in Dnipro, Dnipropetrovsk region, southeastern Ukraine, 29 December 2023,

A general view of damage at the site of an overnight rocket attack on a shopping mall in Dnipro, Dnipropetrovsk region, southeastern Ukraine, 29 December 2023,

Firefighters work on a site of a building damaged after a Russian attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Dec. 29, 2023

Firefighters work on a site of a building damaged after a Russian attack in Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, Dec. 29, 2023

Video purportedly showed a fire at an apartment complex in Odesa

Video purportedly showed a fire at an apartment complex in Odesa

Footage purportedly showing a fire at an apartment complex in Odesa

Footage purportedly showing a fire at an apartment complex in Odesa

Video showed the damage caused by the missile strikes in Odesa today

Video showed the damage caused by the missile strikes in Odesa today

A high rise on fire in Odesa

A high rise on fire in Odesa

A man walking away as a fire rages at a high rise in Odesa

A man walking away as a fire rages at a high rise in Odesa 

A building yards away from the high rise that was on fire in Odesa

A building yards away from the high rise that was on fire in Odesa 

Video from Dnipro taken from a car. The Apollo shopping mall was hit and fatalities were reported

Video from Dnipro taken from a car. The Apollo shopping mall was hit and fatalities were reported

Video from Dnipro taken from a car that appeared to show a shopping mall that was hit

Video from Dnipro taken from a car that appeared to show a shopping mall that was hit

footage from Lviv appears to show an apartment building on fire

footage from Lviv appears to show an apartment building on fire

A view from the top of a high rise of the devastation caused by a Russian strike

A view from the top of a high rise of the devastation caused by a Russian strike

A firefighter holding a dog as buildings are hit in Ukraine

A firefighter holding a dog as buildings are hit in Ukraine

Dramatic evacuation of Ukrainian civilians as buildings are hit

Dramatic evacuation of Ukrainian civilians as buildings are hit

A family takes shelter in a car park during the strikes in Ukraine

A family takes shelter in a car park during the strikes in Ukraine

A family evacuate during strikes in Ukraine

A family evacuate during strikes in Ukraine

A girl holds her toy during a missile strike in Ukraine

A girl holds her toy during a missile strike in Ukraine

Fire crews at the scene after a missile strike in Ukraine

Fire crews at the scene after a missile strike in Ukraine

Drones and missiles struck at least five other Ukrainian cities today, including Lviv in the west and Odesa in the south, the cities’ mayors and police said.

In the southern port of Odesa, a high-rise building caught fire after being struck by debris from a downed drone, the city’s mayor said.

‘As a result of another enemy attack, one of the high-rise buildings was damaged. The fire was promptly extinguished,’ mayor Gennadiy Trukhanov said on social media.

Ukraine’s southern command said 14 attack drones had been destroyed in the south of the country and there were no casualties reported.

The onslaught and wanton destruction was seen as revenge for Ukraine’s Storm Shadow Boxing Day missile strike in Crimea on the Novocherkassk large landing ship, in which at least 33 are suspected to have died and dozens wounded.

Ukraine was being attacked simultaneously by Russian Kinzhal, Iskander, S-300s, Kh-22 and Kh-32 missiles, with 18 strategic bombers deployed as well as Iranian-supplied Shahed drones, according to Ukrainian sources.

Some reports said Kalibr missiles were also used.

‘We have never seen so many targets on our monitor at the same time,’ said Ukrainian air force spokesman Yuriy Ignat.

Andriy Yermak, head of Volodymyr Zelensky’s office, said: ‘There are dead people who were killed by Russian missiles today, which were launched at civilian objects and residential buildings.

‘The enemy’s attack continues.’

In Kyiv, more than a dozen huge blasts were heard. One hit a high rise tower, triggering a huge explosion.

The aviation production plant Artem – which produces air-to-air guided missiles – appeared to be on fire, with black smoke emerging from its site.

‘Explosions in Kyiv. Air defence operating. Stay in shelters,’ Klitschko said in a post on Telegram. 

‘According to preliminary information, an apartment building was hit in Lviv. There are victims. A fire broke out in one of the city’s lyceums. Probably due to the fall of missile debris,’ said the Lviv Regional Administration.

Firefighters work at a site of a warehouse heavily damaged duringa Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Firefighters work at a site of a warehouse heavily damaged duringa Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Firefighters work at a site of a warehouse heavily damaged duringa Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Firefighters work at a site of a warehouse heavily damaged duringa Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Firefighters work at a site of a warehouse heavily damaged duringa Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Firefighters work at a site of a warehouse heavily damaged duringa Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

A firefighter works at a site of a warehouse heavily damaged during a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

A firefighter works at a site of a warehouse heavily damaged during a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

A person takes a picture of a warehouse heavily damaged during a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

A person takes a picture of a warehouse heavily damaged during a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

A firefighter works at a site of a warehouse heavily damaged during a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

A firefighter works at a site of a warehouse heavily damaged during a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Video released on social media showed a Russian missile attack Kyiv. A high-rise building was hit in Kyiv

Video released on social media showed a Russian missile attack Kyiv. A high-rise building was hit in Kyiv

Smoke rises in the sky over the city after a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Smoke rises in the sky over the city after a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Smoke rises in the sky over the city after a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Smoke rises in the sky over the city after a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

An explosion of a missile is seen in the sky over the city during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 202

An explosion of a missile is seen in the sky over the city during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 202

An explosion of a missile is seen in the sky over the city during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

An explosion of a missile is seen in the sky over the city during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Downed debris that fell in the Podil residential district, causes warehouses to catch fire during a Russian missile attack on December 29, 2023 in Kyiv, Ukraine

Downed debris that fell in the Podil residential district, causes warehouses to catch fire during a Russian missile attack on December 29, 2023 in Kyiv, Ukraine

Firefighters work at a site of a warehouse heavily damaged during a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Firefighters work at a site of a warehouse heavily damaged during a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Firefighters work at a site of a warehouse heavily damaged during a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Firefighters work at a site of a warehouse heavily damaged during a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

People taker shelter inside a metro station during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

People taker shelter inside a metro station during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

People taker shelter inside a metro station during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

People taker shelter inside a metro station during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

People taker shelter inside a metro station during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

People taker shelter inside a metro station during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

People taker shelter inside a metro station during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

People taker shelter inside a metro station during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

People taker shelter inside a metro station during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

People taker shelter inside a metro station during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

People taker shelter inside a metro station during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

People taker shelter inside a metro station during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

The Yavoriv military training ground near the city was hit, it was reported.

Five people were killed and 20 injured in the eastern city of Dnipro where four maternity hospital patients were rescued from a fire, officials said. 

The Apollo shopping mall in Dnipro was hit and fatalities were reported.

Mayor Borys Filatov said: ‘There are dead and injured as a result of the morning attack on Dnipro.’

Video showed a maternity hospital that was hit.

In Odesa, on the southern coast, falling drone wreckage started a fire at a multi-story residential building, according to the regional head, Oleh Kiper. 

Two people were killed and 15, including two children, were injured in the course of the Odesa attack, he said. 

Rescuers work at the site where a residential building was damaged during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Odesa, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Rescuers work at the site where a residential building was damaged during a Russian missile and drone strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Odesa, Ukraine December 29, 2023

The city centre is filled with smoke after Russian rocket attacks on the capital of Ukraine on December 29, 2023

The city centre is filled with smoke after Russian rocket attacks on the capital of Ukraine on December 29, 2023

An injured resident with a disability sits in the yard of a residential building following a Russian missile strike on December 29, 2023 in Lviv, Ukraine.

An injured resident with a disability sits in the yard of a residential building following a Russian missile strike on December 29, 2023 in Lviv, Ukraine.

A car burns near a residential building following a Russian missile strike on December 29, 2023 in Lviv, Ukraine

A car burns near a residential building following a Russian missile strike on December 29, 2023 in Lviv, Ukraine

A firefighter works at the site of a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

A firefighter works at the site of a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Ukrainian rescuers work at the site of a damaged residential building after shelling in Odesa, southwestern Ukraine, 29 December 2023

Ukrainian rescuers work at the site of a damaged residential building after shelling in Odesa, southwestern Ukraine, 29 December 2023

Local residents remove debris at the site where a residential building was destroyed during a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Odesa, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Local residents remove debris at the site where a residential building was destroyed during a Russian missile strike, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Odesa, Ukraine December 29, 2023

Ukrainian rescuers work among the rubble of a private building after shelling in Zaporizhzhia, southeastern Ukraine, 29 December 2023

Ukrainian rescuers work among the rubble of a private building after shelling in Zaporizhzhia, southeastern Ukraine, 29 December 2023

In northeastern Ukraine, Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said the city was subjected to at least three waves of aerial attacks overnight that included S-300 and Kh-21 missile launches. One person was killed and at least nine injured, officials said. 

Kharkiv resident Olena Kurylo, who is known as the ‘Face of the War’ after her bloody image was shown around the world at the start of the war in February 2022, said today: ‘None of us has slept properly this December in Kharkiv and the region, but this was the worst night with more than 23 missiles and constant air raid alerts since 3am.

‘My daughter is in a shelter with her boyfriend, they just about had time to pick up their cats and run there.

‘I am hiding in the basement floor of my house, reading messages from friends from all over the country: Lviv, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia, Odesa…

‘None of them slept, again and again they grabbed their children and elderly, and ran.

‘I’ve been through so many emotions these past two years – from hope that our [Russian] ‘brothers’ simply can’t do this to us, to shock and tears, to anger and now hatred.

‘This cannot go on.

‘They can’t just go on killing us before the rest of the world, like this is something they have the right to do.

‘They don’t! They have no right!

‘Please hear us from under the missiles, from under their endless death drones, from under their shelling.’

The UN’s humanitarian envoy for Ukraine today denounced the latest wave of Russian attacks.

‘For the Ukrainian people, this is another unacceptable example of the horrifying reality they are faced with and which made 2023 another year of enormous suffering,’ Denise Brown said on social media.

A powerful explosion shook the port of Feodosia in Crimea on Boxing Day as Ukraine claimed that its missile attack had destroyed a major Russian Navy vessel, the Novocherkassk

A powerful explosion shook the port of Feodosia in Crimea on Boxing Day as Ukraine claimed that its missile attack had destroyed a major Russian Navy vessel, the Novocherkassk

The Boxing Day explosion on the Novocherkassk in the occupied Crimean port of Feodosia

The Boxing Day explosion on the Novocherkassk in the occupied Crimean port of Feodosia 

Ukraine presidential aide Andriy Yermak said Kyiv needed ‘more support and strength to stop this terror’.

‘Missiles are flying at our cities again and civilians are being targeted,’ he wrote.

Ukraine’s foreign ministry said that a Russian missile attack today proved there could be no talk of truce with Moscow.

‘Russia is not considering any other scenarios than the complete destruction of Ukraine,’ the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry of defence said today that Britain is sending around 200 air defence missiles to Ukraine to help protect civilians and infrastructure from Russian drones and bombing.

‘(Russian President Vladimir) Putin is testing Ukraine’s defences and the West’s resolve, hoping that he can clutch victory from the jaws of defeat. But he is wrong,’ Defence Secretary Grant Shapps said.

The air defence missiles, manufactured in Britain by defence contractor MBDA, are designed to be launched from aircraft including Typhoon and F-35 fighter jets, the defence ministry said.

Zelensky yesterday thanked the United States for releasing the last remaining package of weapons under existing authorisation, as uncertainty surrounds further aid to his war-torn country.

Zelensky had warned that any change in policy from the US – Kyiv’s main backer – could have a strong impact on the course of the war.

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