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Ukrainian air defense systems shut down dozens of missiles as Russia launched another massive attack on the country

Trying to leave millions of Ukrainians without electricity before the New Year, Russia reportedly launched 69 missiles on the country’s critical infrastructure in the morning of December 29.

The wreckage of the missile hit a private building in Kyiv.
Photo: Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine

Air defense was working in Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Poltava, Zhytomyr, Mykolaiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and other regions. 54 out of 69 rockets were shot down, according to Valerii Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Kyiv City Military Administration reports that all 16 missiles launched on Kyiv were destroyed. However, the wreckage of the missile hit a private building, injuring 3 people, including a 14-year-old girl. 40% of the city residents were left without electricity.

90% of Lviv is reportedly without electricity, there may be problems with water supply. In some regions, namely in the Odesa and the Dnipropetrovsk regions, electricity was cut off in advance to prevent severe damages.

In the Kharkiv region, two people were killed, and one civilian injured.

Preliminary, 5 trains are running late for more than half an hour as infrastructure has been partly de-energized, Ukrainian Railways reports.