In a devastating series of attacks on the morning of December 29, Russia unleashed a barrage of missiles and drones across Ukraine, resulting in significant casualties and destruction. The onslaught claimed at least 18 lives and left 87 individuals injured, as per reports from various regional military administrations.
Ihor Klymenko, Ukraine's Minister of Internal Affairs, revealed that Kyiv bore the brunt of the attack, with 2 fatalities and 18 injuries. Critical civilian infrastructure, vehicles, and storage facilities suffered extensive damage.
In Lviv, an explosion ravaged an apartment complex and nearby infrastructure, causing one death and nine injuries.
The Dnipropetrovsk region witnessed one of the more harrowing incidents, where a direct hit on a shopping center resulted in 5 deaths and 15 injuries. A maternity hospital in the region was also struck, prompting emergency services to rescue four patients.
Oleh Kiper, Head of the Odesa Oblast Military Administration, reported that a three-story building in Odesa was hit, potentially trapping people under the rubble. The attack on Odesa also damaged additional residential structures. In total, the region saw 3 deaths and 15 injuries, including two children and a pregnant woman.
Kharkiv also faced significant casualties. Oleh Syniehubov, Head of the Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration, reported three fatalities among employees of a civilian enterprise and 11 injuries.
The Zaporizhzhia region wasn't spared either, with one person killed and 10 injured in missile strikes on infrastructure facilities. The head of the Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, Yurii Malashko, later updated that the death toll had risen to 4, with 12 people injured.
This massive attack utilized 158 air attack methods, including various types of missiles and attack UAVs. The Ukrainian forces managed to destroy 27 Shahed drones and 87 cruise missiles in their defense efforts.