After Putin’s promise to escalate attacks, Russia has begun striking cities in Ukraine.
On Tuesday, Ukrainian officials reported that Russia launched a series of missile strikes that resulted in the deaths of at least four individuals and injured numerous others in the cities of Kyiv and Kharkiv.
“According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Russian forces have launched 170 ‘Shahed’ drones and multiple types of missiles since December 31st, mostly aimed at civilian infrastructure.”
He stated that there were 92 people injured and affirmed that Ukraine would collaborate with those who prioritize human life to strengthen their air defenses and hold Russia responsible.
Zelenskyy stated that the state responsible for terrorism should face the consequences of their actions.
The air forces of Ukraine have reported that they successfully destroyed all 35 Shahed drones, which were supplied by Iran and launched by Russia. They also issued warnings for people to take cover during the missile attacks.
Klitschko reported that a missile strike caused debris to fall, injuring 20 individuals and starting a fire at a tall building in the capital of Ukraine. He also stated that there were several explosions in the city as the air defense system reacted to the barrage of Russian missiles, leading to fires in at least five neighborhoods.
The bombardment from Russia occurred during the busy morning commute and resulted in power outages and gas line damage in certain areas of Kyiv.
The mayor of Kharkiv, Ihor Terekhov, stated that the city was being targeted by a significant missile barrage.
On the messaging platform Telegram, Oleg Sinegubov, the leader of the military authority in Kharkiv, reported that the bombings carried out by Russia resulted in the death of at least one individual and caused injuries to over 40 others.
According to Sinegubov, the assaults caused destruction to both residential and commercial properties, as well as infrastructure facilities.
The military in nearby Poland has sent out four F-16 fighter jets to safeguard their airspace in response to the attacks from Russia.
On Tuesday, President Vladimir Putin of Russia issued a warning that there would be increased strikes on Ukraine in response to a Ukrainian attack on the Russian city of Belgorod on Saturday. The attack resulted in the deaths of 24 people and over 100 others being injured.
On Monday, while visiting a military hospital, Putin denounced Ukraine’s attack in Belgorod as a “terrorist act.” He accused Ukrainian forces of intentionally targeting the city center where civilians were out and about before New Year’s Eve and claimed that they deliberately harmed innocent people.
According to Russia’s state-run TASS news agency, he stated that Russia would persist in targeting “military installations” and asserted that the Russian side held the “strategic advantage” in the ongoing Ukraine conflict. He also declared that Moscow desired an end to the extended war, but only on their own conditions.
The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, and Reuters provided some of the information used in this report.