Ukraine under Russian Attack: A Live Report

2023-12-29 20:23:50


Volodymyr Zelensky urges world to ‘react’ after Russia’s ‘latest terrorist act’

During his daily address, the Ukrainian president condemned the widespread series of Russian strikes on several cities in Ukraine, including kyiv.

“It is important that the world responds to this latest terrorist act. Many leaders have already expressed their support for Ukraine and Ukrainians today, and I am grateful to everyone,” he said.

He also called for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council.


The toll rises to at least 30 dead and more than 160 injured

The human toll of Russian strikes carried out in Ukraine with drones and missiles in different regions of the country left at least 30 dead and more than 160 injured according to a new report from the authorities.

“At present, 30 people have been killed and more than 160 injured as a result of Russia’s massive attack on Ukrainian territory in the morning,” Interior Minister Igor Klymenko said on Telegram.


Joe Biden calls on Congress to “act without further delay” after “massive bombings” in Ukraine

US President Joe Biden urged Congress to “act without further delay” after the “massive bombings” in Ukraine, while elected officials on Capitol Hill are unable to agree on a major aid package for kyiv.

“Unless Congress takes urgent action in the new year, we will not be able to continue sending the much-needed weapons and air defense systems to Ukraine to protect its people,” warned the manager.


London announces the sending of 200 anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine

The United Kingdom announced the sending of around 200 anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine to strengthen its defenses, after the wave of Russian strikes on several cities in the country, calling on its allies to “redouble their efforts” to support militarily kyiv.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is “testing Ukraine’s defenses and the West’s resolve…and today’s dispatch of an air defense package sends an irrefutable message that, in the face of Russian barbarity, the “The United Kingdom remains absolutely committed to supporting Ukraine,” British Defense Minister Grant Shapps said in a statement.


Zelensky says he went to Avdiivka, eastern town under attack by Russian forces

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said this Friday that he had visited Avdiïvka, a town on the Eastern Front which has for months suffered repeated assaults from Russian forces trying to encircle it.

“Avdiivka, I visited the positions of the 110th mechanized brigade,” Mr. Zelensky wrote on Telegram, accompanying his message with a video showing him in front of a sign with the name of the city and presenting decorations to soldiers.

Stressing that this is “one of the most difficult areas of the front line”, the Ukrainian leader said he “personally thanked the soldiers” and “discussed the defense situation and essential needs with the commander” of the unit.

“I thank everyone on the front lines for their service, for this year that the entire country survived thanks to these soldiers,” he added.


Russian missile in Poland: NATO says it is “in solidarity with its precious ally”

After a Russian missile flew over Polish airspace, the country’s civil and military authorities held emergency meetings, and President Andrzej Duda spoke with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The latter declared in a tweet that “NATO stands in solidarity with its precious ally”, and that it is “monitoring the situation”.

“We will stay in touch as the facts become established. NATO remains vigilant,” Jens Stoltenberg said.


For Ukrainian Defense Minister, Moscow can “continue such attacks” and “it will”

In view of “its missile stocks”, Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov says in a message published on Facebookthat Russia can “continue such attacks.”

“[Elle] will,” he concludes.


Olympics: Ukrainian athletes demand support from Paris to prevent the participation of Russian athletes

In a letter Addressed to Emmanuel Macron, Amélie Oudéa-Castera, the French Minister of Sports and even the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, Ukrainian athletes call on France to “prevent the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes” in the 2024 Olympic Games.

“We wish to obtain your continued support in the fight to defend the Olympic principles”, they add, affirming “that no athlete from these countries has publicly taken a position” against the Russian invasion in Ukraine. Some of them are even fervent defenders according to their statements.

On December 8, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) authorized the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes. under neutral banner. 11 “neutral individual athletes” have so far qualified.


Top UN official calls on Russia to “immediately end its attacks in Ukraine”

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, declared himself “shocked” by the new wave of Russian strikes in Ukraine, calling on Moscow to end these attacks “immediately”.

“I am shocked by the new series of coordinated and large-scale missile and drone strikes,” Volker Türk said in a statement.

He calls on Russia to “immediately end these attacks in Ukraine and respect international laws governing conflicts.”


Poland says Russian missile entered its airspace before leaving

Earlier in the morning, Warsaw said an unidentified flying object had entered its airspace from Ukraine before leaving.

The Polish army claims it was a Russian missile.

“Everything indicates that a Russian missile entered Polish airspace. We spotted it using radar. It left this space” immediately, in the direction of Ukraine, declared head of the General Staff of the Polish Army, General Wieslaw Kukula.


kyiv reports at least 18 dead and 132 injured

Russian strikes in Ukraine with drones and missiles have left at least 18 dead and 132 injured in different regions of the country.

A count which should worsen as relief operations continue, announced the Ukrainian authorities.


Why arms deliveries from Germany to kyiv are blocked

For weeks, a standoff has pitted the municipality of Troisdorf, not far from Cologne in Germany, against the German arms giant Diehl Defense. An important link to serve the European objectives of military support for Ukraine.

While the arms manufacturer wants to buy land to expand its production capacity, the city plans to turn it into a residential and commercial space.

Find the full article on this subject here.


The head of European diplomacy denounces “cowardly” strikes by Russia

The head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell condemned one of the “largest attacks” by Russia, “hitting cities and the population” in Ukraine, accusing Moscow of targeting civilians.

“This is a new series of cowardly and indiscriminate strikes hitting schools, a metro station and a hospital, which left at least sixteen people dead,” said Josep Borrell on (ex-Twitter).

“The EU will stand alongside Ukraine for as long as necessary,” promised the head of European diplomacy.


France condemns Russian “strategy of terror” in Ukraine

France condemned “with the greatest firmness” the “strategy of terror aimed at destroying Ukrainian civilian infrastructure” after the latest massive wave of Russian strikes on Ukraine.

Paris “will continue to support Ukraine and provide it with the necessary assistance to enable it to exercise its self-defense, in close coordination with its partners,” added the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release.

Find the full article here.


For the American ambassador, Ukraine “needs funds now”

The US ambassador to kyiv said Ukraine “needs funds now” to deal with Russian bombing.

“Ukraine needs funds now to continue fighting to free itself from such horror in 2024,” Bridget Brink said on the social network X (formerly Twitter).


Moscow says ‘all targets’ have been ‘hit’

“All targets were hit” in Russian strikes targeting Ukraine this week, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

“All designated targets were hit,” the ministry said, adding that Russia carried out more than 50 strikes, including a “major strike” in Ukraine between December 23 and 29 against military infrastructure sites. , ammunition depots and places of deployment of Ukrainian soldiers and foreign mercenaries.


For the British Prime Minister, these strikes show that Putin “will stop at nothing”

“These widespread attacks on Ukrainian cities show that Putin will stop at nothing to achieve his goal of eradicating freedom and democracy,” said British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on X (ex-Twitter).

He adds: “We will not let him win. We must continue to support Ukraine – for as long as it takes.”


Poland says unidentified flying object entered its airspace from Ukraine

NATO member Poland said an unidentified flying object entered its airspace from Ukraine, an incident that could be linked to Russia’s wave of strikes against its neighbor.

“The object arrived from the border with Ukraine,” Colonel Jacek Goryszewski, spokesman for the Armed Forces Operational Command, told TV channel TVN24.

“There was intense shelling on Ukrainian territory last night and so this incident could be linked to it.”


Ukrainian army claims to have destroyed 114 out of 158 air targets

Ukraine said it destroyed 114 of the 158 missiles and drones launched by Russia in the latest wave of attacks that left at least ten dead and dozens injured.

“The enemy used 158 means of air attack against Ukraine last night: missiles of different types and drones,” the Air Force said on the Telegram network, adding that it destroyed 114 targets.

According to a journalist present on siteRussia fired 160 missiles on the first day of war, February 20.


For the UN, Russian strikes show the “horrible reality” that Ukraine is experiencing

The Russian strikes which left at least ten dead and 70 injured in Ukraine illustrate “the horrible reality” that this country is experiencing, reacted the UN humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine, Denise Brown.

“For the Ukrainian people, this is a new unacceptable example of the horrible reality they are facing,” she said on the social network attacks on populated areas of Ukraine.


Volodymyr Zelensky says “about 110 missiles were fired against Ukraine”

“In total, around 110 missiles were fired against Ukraine and the majority of them were shot down,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on X (formerly Twitter).

“A maternity ward, educational establishments, a shopping center, multi-storey residential buildings and private houses, a commercial warehouse and a parking lot” were targeted in several cities across the country, he lists.


A journalist on site believes that this is “the most massive attack in months”

“Ukraine is experiencing an intense missile and drone attack last night. Dozens of missiles, in Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Dnipro… This is the most massive attack in months and it is not stopping not”, writes the correspondent in Ukraine for Le Figaro and Médiapart, Clara Marchaud, present on site.


Two Russians heavily condemned for a poem hostile to the offensive

Artiom Kamardine and Iegor Shtovba were arrested in September 2022 after participating in a public reading of a poem very hostile to the pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

They were sentenced yesterday by a Moscow court to terms ranging from five and a half to seven years in prison. A new example of the repression raging in the country.


Top German military official says Russia is suffering ‘huge’ losses

“You know that, according to figures from Western intelligence services, 300,000 Russian soldiers have been killed or so seriously injured that they can no longer be mobilized in the war,” General Christian told the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung. Freuding, who oversees support for kyiv within the Bundeswehr.

In addition to human losses, Russia also suffered “enormous” “material” losses, i.e. “a number of tanks and armored vehicles numbering in the thousands”.


kyiv announces at least one dead and 15 injured

In a first report released early Friday morning, kyiv indicates that at least one person died, and fifteen others injured, in the Russian strikes affecting the country.


Zelensky adviser says Russian strikes show Ukraine needs ‘more help’

The wave of Russian strikes launched Friday on several cities in Ukraine shows that the country needs “more help” from the international community, said Andriy Yermak, the Ukrainian president’s chief of staff.

“We are doing everything possible to strengthen our air shield. But the world must see that we need more help and means to stop this terror,” he wrote on the social network Telegram.


A response to the Ukrainian attack in Crimea?

The Russian attacks come after Russia confirmed on Tuesday that one of its ships had been damaged in an attack on kyiv in annexed Crimea.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was informed by his Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu of “damage” suffered by the large landing ship Novocherkassk.

The Ukrainian army, for its part, assured that it had “destroyed” this ship, which it claimed was carrying Shahed drones, using cruise missiles.


Three injured in the Sumy region in the northeast of the country

According to Ukrainian military authorities, three people were injured in a strike on Konotop, in the Sumy region, where a residential building was notably hit.

Three Iranian-made Shahed drones were destroyed there, according to the army.


Several cities hit by Russian strikes

Explosions were heard Friday morning in kyiv, where the “anti-aircraft defense is actively working” announced its mayor Vitali Klitschko.

The city of Kharkiv suffered at least ten strikes in two waves which until further notice did not cause any casualties, according to the head of the local military administration, Oleg Synegubov. However, a hospital in the Kyivskyi district was damaged, local police said.

In Odessa, a building was damaged following a strike overnight but the resulting fire was quickly brought under control, said Mayor Gennady Trukhanov.

Regarding Lviv, a city more rarely targeted, his counterpart Andriy Sadovyi spoke of “two strikes” in an attack carried out in total by “ten Shaheds” in the region. Authorities also reported explosions in the Dnipro region.


Welcome to this live

Hello, welcome to this live dedicated to the “massive” Russian strikes which affected the entire Ukrainian territory this Friday morning.

The Ukrainian authorities decided to activate a generalized air alert throughout the country around 5 a.m.

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