To News and Stories

Russia launched around 74 missiles on Ukraine on December 16

On the morning of December 16, Russian troops launched another massive attack on Ukraine, the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reports. In the attack, Russian terrorists killed and injured civilians, damaged critical infrastructure and residential areas, which caused power and water supply interruptions. 

60 out of 74 Russian missiles were shot down by the Ukrainian air defense system.

In Kyiv, explosions were recorded in three districts of the capital: Holosiivskyi, Desnianskyi, and Dniprovskyi. Kyiv metro has completely stopped, and underground stations were working as shelters for citizens. In addition, in all districts of Kyiv, there are water supply interruptions due to damage to the energy infrastructure, press service of the Kyiv City State Administration informs.

Kyiv withstood one of the largest missile attacks since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion. 40 rockets were detected above the capital, 37 of them were shot down, reports Kyiv City Military Administration.

Moreover, Russian terrorists fired missiles at 3 objects of critical infrastructure in the Kharkiv region; there were also separate hits in the Chuhuiv district. For now, there are no victims, according to preliminary information. Kharkiv is entirely without power; the city metro isn’t working. In general, Russia hit the Kharkiv region with 10 missiles this morning, Oleh Syniehubov, Head of the Kharkiv Regional Military Administration, informs.

In Kryvyi Rih, the Dnipropetrovsk region, a Russian missile hit a residential building. As a result, 2 people were killed. 12 citizens were injured, including 4 children. All injured victims were hospitalized, said Valentyn Reznichenko, Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration.

A residential building damaged by Russian rocket on December 16.
Photo: Valentyn Reznichenko, Head of the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Military Administration

Zaporizhzhia suffered 12 missile attacks in total, local Regional Council reports.

The Poltava and Kirovohrad regions are entirely without power. In Kremenchuk, the heating system is not working due to a lack of electricity supply. 

Due to damage to the energy infrastructure, a number of railway sections in the Kharkiv, Kirovohrad, Donetsk, and Dnipropetrovsk regions have been de-energized, «Ukrzaliznytsia» reports.

As a result of the shelling, energy facilities in the East and South of the country have been damaged. Emergency power outages were introduced across the country. Ukrenergo, national energy company, declares the state of emergency as Russian strikes resulted in 50% loss in energy consumption.