On the morning of December 16, air-raid alerts sounded across Ukraine. Local administrations reported shelling in the Kyiv, Kharkiv, Dnipro, Poltava, and Zaporizhzhia regions. Ukrainian energy infrastructure facilities, as well as other buildings, were damaged as a result of the strikes. Sections of railroad tracks in Kharkiv, Kirovohrad, Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk regions were left without power.
As of 9:00 a.m. in Kyiv, the Russian military had launched 72 missiles at the territory of Ukraine, according to newspaper Ukrainska Pravda. Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko confirmed the shelling of the city’s Desnianskyi, Dniprovskiy and Holosiivskyi districts. Trains have stopped running in the Kyiv subway, and stations are currently being used as bomb shelters. There are also water supply disruptions across all of Kyiv’s districts.
The head of the Kharkiv regional civil-military administration, Oleh Synyehubov, reported that 10 Russian missiles had struck the territory of the Kharkiv region. No one was injured as a result of the shelling – Kharkiv, however, was left without power. Trains are no longer running in both the Kharkiv and Kyiv subway systems. In Kupiansk, the central city hospital and a pharmacy were hit.
In the Dnipro region, according to civil-military administration head Valentyn Reznichenko, the Russian military bombed the Marhanets community. In Kryvyi Rih, a Russian missile hit an apartment building, destroying the entryway. Two people were killed and at least five were injured, including two children. All of the victims have been admitted to a local hospital.
There are also reports of shelling in Kremenchuk in the Poltava region. According to city mayor Vitaly Maletsky, electricity and heating were cut off in the city as a result of the Russian missile strikes. Poltava, the region’s capital city, was also left without power. About 15 missile strikes were recorded in the Zaporizhzhia region, said local administration head Oleksandr Starukh. He urged local residents to prepare for possible restrictions while the damaged infrastructure is being restored.