Ukraine news latest: Putin launches fresh wave of strikes on multiple cities – and leaves half of Kyiv without power | The Sun

THE Kremlin launched a new barrage of missile strikes at Ukraine today, leaving millions without power as Putin's brutal invasion continued.

According to Ukraine's military, this blitz targeted multiple cities including the capital Kyiv, leaving HALF of its residents without power.

Reuters reports Brigadier General Oleksiy Hromov of the Armed Forces of Ukraine noted the bombs were fired at "critical and energy infrastructure facilities in the eastern, central, western and southern regions."

Following these bloodthirsty strikes, Ukrainian officials slammed Putin's "senseless barbarism."

Taking to Twitter, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said: "Senseless barbarism. These are the only words that come to mind seeing Russia launch another missile barrage at peaceful Ukrainian cities ahead of New Year."

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    Two injured in Russian strike on Kherson hospital

    Two people were injured in a Russian attack on a medical facility in the recently-liberated city of Kherson, according to deputy head of the president’s office Kyrylo Tymoshenko.

    Tymoshenko said: “Medical facilities are under fire almost every day.

    “The other day it was a maternity hospital. Today, as a result of Russian shelling of the city, the regional cardiology dispensary was damaged.

    “Two people were injured – a security guard and an employee of the boiler house.

    “The roof, windows and facade of one of the buildings were destroyed in the building.”

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    Putin and Xi to speak tomorrow

    Vladimir Putin and President Xi Jinping of China will speak via video link on Friday, a Kremlin spokesperson announced today.

    Dmitry Peskov told reporters: “First of all, they will talk about bilateral Russian-Chinese relations.

    “And, of course, it will be very important to exchange views on more acute regional problems – those that are closer to us, Russia, and those that are closer to China.”

    Peskov did not provide specific details about which problems the two presidents would be discussing.

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    Targeting medical institutions a ‘strategy of Moscow’

    Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko accused Russia of deliberately targeting civilian medical facilities, following a strike on Kherson medical centre this morning.

    Vasylenko tweeted: “Cardiology department in #Kherson hit.

    “#Russia army targets medical institutions in the region.

    “Targeting the most vulnerable civilian groups is a strategy of #Moscow.”

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    Russian invasion ‘at a dead end’

    Head of the Ukrainian military intelligence agency Kyrylo Budanov claimed fighting in Ukraine reached a stalemate because substantial advances cannot be made by either side.

    Budanov told the BBC: “The situation is just stuck.

    “It doesn’t move.”

    He also said Russia is “completely at a dead end”.

    “We can’t defeat them in all directions comprehensively. Neither can they.”

    Budanov added: “We’re very much looking forward to new weapons supplies, and to the arrival of more advanced weapons.”

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    Defiant message released by Ukraine following missile attack

    The Ukrainian ministry of defence released a powerful statement following this morning’s bombardment by Russia.

    Defense of Ukraine tweeted: “Russian terrorists have been saving one of the most massive missile attacks since the beginning of the full-scale invasion for the last days of the year.

    “They dream that Ukrainians will celebrate the New Year in darkness and cold.

    “But they cannot defeat the Ukrainian people.”

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    In pictures: Russian missiles intercepted

    Pictures below show Russian missiles being intercepted by Ukrainian air defence systems.

    Over 120 missiles were fired into the Ukrainian capital this morning, according to reports.

    16 missiles fired into Kyiv were reportedly shot down.

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    In pictures: Ukrainians take shelter from Russian missiles

    Photos below show Ukrainian civilians taking shelter from Russia’s latest missile attack on Kyiv in a subway station.

    Over 120 missiles were fired into Ukraine in the bombardment.

    Vitali Klitschko, mayor of Kyiv, said three people were injured, including a 14-year-old girl.

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    Photos published of bombardment aftermath

    Deputy head of the president's office Kyrylo Tymoshenko released photos of the aftermath of Russian strikes on Kyiv.

    Russia reportedly fired over 120 missiles into the Ukrainian capital this morning.

    The Kyiv Independent tweeted: "These photos published by Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the President's Office, show the aftermath of the Russian missile strikes at Kyiv on the morning of Dec. 29, launched during its 8th large-scale attack against Ukraine."

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    At least three injured in Kyiv after early morning strikes

    The latest wave of Russian air strikes on Ukraine has left at least three people injured in the capital Kyiv, the city's mayor said on Thursday.

    Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on social media: "For the moment, there are three wounded in Kyiv, including a 14-year-old girl.

    "They are all in hospital."

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    Zelensky thanks the Prime Minister of Italy for her support

    President Zelensky on Tuesday thanked Giorgia Meloni, the Prime Minister of Italy for their solidarity and support for Ukraine.

    Taking to Twitter, Zelensky wrote: ”Thanked @GiorgiaMeloni for solidarity and comprehensive support for Ukraine.

    ”Commended Italy’s government’s allocation of additional €10 million in aid. Mrs. Meloni informed that the issue of providing air defense systems to protect Ukraine skies is being considered. We discussed #PeaceFormula.”

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    Over 100 missiles fired at Ukraine in 'several waves'

    A blast was heard in the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv on Thursday morning, a Reuters correspondent reported, as authorities reported a fresh Russian missile strike.

    Presidential office adviser Oleksiy Arestovych wrote on Facebook that over 100 missiles were incoming in several waves and air raid alarms could be heard across the country.

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    Ukraine reports 'massive missile strikes' across the country

    Ukraine was hit with "massive" Russian missile strikes across the country on Thursday, including in the capital Kyiv, the military said.

    "December 29. Massive missiles attack… The enemy is attacking Ukraine from various directions with air and sea-based cruise missiles from strategic aircraft and ships," Ukraine's air force said on social media.

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    Over 700 objects of critical infrastructure destroyed since invasion began

    Since Putin launched his brutal invasion in February, over 700 pieces of crucial infrastructure have been destroyed.

    “We are talking about gas pipelines, substations, bridges and the like,” Ukrainian Deputy Interior Minister Yevgeny Yenin said in a television address.

    Russia has consistently attacked civilian infrastructure throughout the winter, in a bid to cut Ukraine off from electricity and water.

    On Tuesday alone, Kherson was hit over 50 times by Russian shelling, destroying a maternity ward.

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