Russia Carries Out What Ukraine Calls, Ukraine, Kyiv — Russia unleashed 122 missiles and 36 drones into Ukrainian sites on Friday, killing at least 16 people and injuring many more in what an air force officer described as the largest aerial barrage of the 22-month conflict.
Russia Carries Out What Ukraine Calls “Most Massive Aerial Attack”
According to Agence France-Presse, On social media, Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin stated, “We know about 16 dead.” “97 people were injured, including at least two children aged six and eight,”
Overnight, the Ukrainian air force intercepted 87 missiles and 27 Shahed-type drones, according to Ukraine’s military leader Valerii Zaluzhnyi.
Mykola Oleshchuk, commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, said on his official Telegram channel that it was “the most massive aerial attack” since Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022.
The last largest assault, according to the Ukrainian Air Force, occurred in November 2022, when Russia launched 96 missiles against Ukraine. The largest this year was 81 missiles on March 9, according to Air Force records.
According to Ukrainian officials, an unknown number of people were buried under rubble during the nearly 18-hour attack. A maternity hospital, housing blocks, and schools were among the structures devastated across Ukraine.
The health ministry in Dnipro stated the maternity hospital was “severely damaged,” but the personnel and patients were able to find refuge in time, according to AFP.
The Kremlin’s forces, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, deployed a wide range of armaments, including ballistic and cruise missiles.
“Today, Russia used nearly every type of weapon in its arsenal,” Zelenskyy remarked on X, formerly Twitter’s social media platform.
According to Yurii Ihnat, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, Russia “apparently launched everything they had” in the attack, except submarine-launched Kalibr missiles.
According to authorities, the aircraft strike, which began Thursday and continued through the night, impacted six towns, including the capital, Kyiv, as well as other places from east to west and north to south Ukraine.
Winter weather has slowed fighting along the front line after Ukraine’s summer counteroffensive failed to make a meaningful breakthrough along the nearly 620-mile line of contact.
Ukrainian officials have urged the country’s Western partners to deploy more air defenses to protect it from aerial attacks such as the one on Friday. Their appeals have come as signs of war fatigue put a strain on efforts to maintain support.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba was among those urging Kyiv’s partners to increase their support on Friday. “Millions of Ukrainians awoke today to the sound of explosions.” “I wish the sounds of explosions in Ukraine could be heard all over the world,” he is quoted as saying by Reuters.