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Russia launches massive missile strike on Ukraine, death toll rising

On the night of December 29, Russia launched a massive strike on Ukraine. Three people were killed and at least 17 injured in Kyiv, according to the head of the city's military administration, Serhiy Popko.

The city was attacked with “several dozen” missiles of various types, the Kyiv Regional Military Administration specified. “We’ve never seen so many targets on our monitor at the same time,” said Air Force Command spokesman Yuriy Ignat. According to him, Russia launched all types of missiles today except the Kalibrs: Kinzhals, ballistic missiles, the S-300, cruise missiles, UAVs, and Kh-22 or Kh-32. About 18 strategic bombers were launching Kh-101/Kh-505s.

The strike in Kyiv also damaged the building of the Lukyanivska metro station, which operates as a shelter.

The head of the Kharkiv Regional Administration Oleh Synyehubov reported a 35-year-old man killed in a strike. Another eight were injured. Almost 20 powerful explosions shook the city, presumably resulting from S-300 missiles.

A resident of Avdiivka, Donetsk Region, was killed, according to the regional administration.

Dnipro mayor Borys Filatov announced that the strike on the city had left dead and injured in its wake. The latest data from the regional administration suggests a death toll of four dead and around 15 injured. A hit on a shopping mall has been confirmed. Other affected facilities include a private house, a six-story building, and a maternity clinic.

In Odesa, the wreckage of a shot-down drone hit a high-rise building, causing a fire. Two were killed and 15 were injured, including two minors.

“The attack killed two Odesa residents. Fifteen people were wounded, including two children aged six and eight. All survivors are getting medical assistance at Odesa’s healthcare institutions. Two of the wounded are in serious condition. All relevant services have been engaged,” wrote the head of the regional military administration Oleh Kiper.

Residents of the Kherson, Lviv, and Sumy regions were also affected. In the Sumy Region, the city of Konotop was attacked, resulting in damage to an apartment block and a car service station.

“Lviv. An apartment block on Khotkevycha Street. The missile strike left one dead and three injured. To be updated,” wrote the head of the military administration Maksym Kozytskyy. Earlier, he reported another apartment block being hit. There are also reports of damage to three schools and a kindergarten in Lviv.

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