Russia launched a record number of drones over Ukraine on New Year’s Eve: a civilian died in Odessa

Ukraine stated on Monday that he faced a “Record” attack of 90 drones shot by Russia in New Years Evewhich mainly targeted Lviv and Odessa and caused at least one person to die.

Firefighters work to put out a fire after a Russian drone attack, in Dublyany, Lviv region, Ukraine, on January 1, 2024. (Ukrainian Emergency Service via AP) (Ukrainian Emergency Service/)

According to the Ukrainian Air Force, 87 of 90 Iranian-made Shahed explosive drones launched by Russian forces from four directions were destroyed in flight. “The enemy used a record number of attack drones,” he declared.

An apartment building damaged during a Russian drone attack in Odessa (REUTERS)
An apartment building damaged during a Russian drone attack in Odessa (REUTERS) (NATIONAL POLICE OF UKRAINE/)

He also reported attacks with four S-300 surface-to-air missiles in the region of Kharkov (northeast) and three anti-radar missiles Kh-31 and one Kh-59 against the regions of Kherson and Zaporozhye (south).

A 15 year old teenager died and seven other people were injured after the remains of one of the 87 downed drones hit a residential building in the city of Odessasaid the head of the region’s military administration, Oleh Kiper. The wreckage caused several more small fires, including in the port.

A girl uses her mobile phone while sitting on a swing in a complex of residential houses heavily damaged during a Russian drone attack in Odessa (REUTERS/Serhii Smolientsev)
A girl uses her mobile phone while sitting on a swing in a complex of residential houses heavily damaged during a Russian drone attack in Odessa (REUTERS/Serhii Smolientsev) (STRINGER/)

A woman died during Russian bombing in the Kherson region on Monday, the head of the regional administration said on Telegram, Oleksandr Prokudin.

In the region of Lvivin the west of the country, the attacks destroyed a museum and a university whose story is related to Roman Shukhevych and Stepan Bandera, two controversial Ukrainian nationalist figures who collaborated with the Nazis during World War II. University buildings in the town of Dubliany also reported damage, but no victims were reported.

A view shows the university building damaged by a Russian drone attack, where Stepan Bandera, one of the founders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), studied (REUTERS/Roman Baluk)
A view shows the university building damaged by a Russian drone attack, where Stepan Bandera, one of the founders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) studied (REUTERS/Roman Baluk) (STRINGER/)

In a message on social networks, the mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyi, He described the attack as “symbolic and cynical” and added that “this is a war for our history.”

Four killed in bombing in Donetsk

Besides, Four people were killed and 13 more were injured after a Ukrainian bombing of Russian-occupied areas in Donetsk, according to the Kremlin-appointed regional leader, Denis Pushilin. Russian state media indicated that reporters were among the victims, but did not provide further details.

One person was killed and another injured in a bombing raid on the Russian border town of Shebekinonoted Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov.

A man in the middle of the rubble next to a damaged car on a street affected by bombing in Donetsk (REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)
A man in the middle of the rubble next to a damaged car on a street affected by bombing in Donetsk (REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko) (ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO/)

Russia also reported shelling and Ukrainian drone attacks in the border region of Belgorodwhich caused no victims.

These are the latest incidents in a campaign of airstrikes that began on Friday when Russia launched an 18-hour offensive which the Ukrainian air forces described as the largest since the start of the war in February last year.

At least 49 people were killed in that barrage and Kiev rescue teams reported on Monday that at least eight more bodies had been recovered from the rubble.

Unprecedented bombings attributed to Ukraine on the Russian city of Belgorodon the border between the two nations, left at least 24 dead and 100 injured, according to local authorities.

Putin: “We will intensify attacks”

“We will intensify the attacks,” Putin said during a visit to a military hospital (Sputnik/Kristina Kormilitsyna/REUTERS)
“We will intensify the attacks,” Putin said during a visit to a military hospital (Sputnik/Kristina Kormilitsyna/REUTERS) (SPUTNIK/)

This Monday, the Russian president Vladimir Putin warned that Russia will “intensify” its attacks against military targets in Ukraine in retaliation for the bombing perpetrated against Belgorod.

“We will intensify the attacks, no crime against civilians will go unpunished, that is for sure,” declared the Russian president during a visit to a military hospital, specifying that these attacks will be carried out “against military installations.”

“We use precision weapons to attack decision-making centers, places where soldiers and mercenaries gather, and other such centers, especially military installations,” Putin continued.

The Russian president described “terrorist act” the bombing and accused Ukrainian forces of attack the “city center, where people walk before New Year’s Eve.”

But he also stressed that “Ukraine is not an enemy” in itself, and accused the West of using the kyiv authorities to “fix your own problems” with Russia.

Putin also considered that Moscow’s forces now have a “strategic initiative” on the front in Ukraine, where soldiers are advancing more every day after the failure of the Ukrainian counteroffensive.

(With information from AFP, AP and EFE)

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