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Ukraine says Russia fired ‘massive’ barrage of over 120 missiles

3 wounded in capital Kyiv, including 14-year-old girl; most of Lviv without power; Ukraine military says attack included air- and sea-based cruise missiles

Police experts examine remains of a downed missile which fell on vehicles parked at a multi-story residential building in Kyiv on December 29, 2022, during Russian missiles strike to Ukraine (Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)
Police experts examine remains of a downed missile which fell on vehicles parked at a multi-story residential building in Kyiv on December 29, 2022, during Russian missiles strike to Ukraine (Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)

KYIV, Ukraine — A fresh barrage of Russian strikes battered Ukraine on Thursday, wounding at least three people including a teenager in Kyiv and cutting electricity in the west.

On Thursday morning, blasts were reported across the vast country including in the Ukrainian capital, the second-largest city Kharkiv in the east, and the western city of Lviv on the border with Poland.

Most of Lviv, where Russian strikes are still rare, was left without electricity, its mayor Andriy Sadoviy said.

“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, calling the attack “massive.”

Presidential aide Mykhaylo Podolyak said that more than 120 missiles had been fired.

After a series of humiliating battlefield setbacks and lost territory this summer and autumn, Moscow has stepped up its aerial campaign repeatedly targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure with drones and missiles.

A cemetery employee carries a memorial cross during the burial of Ukrainian Olena Afanasievska, who was killed in a Russian missile attack on December 24, at a funeral ceremony in the southern city of Kherson on December 28, 2022. (Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said that at least three people were wounded in the strikes, including a 14-year-old girl.

He warned of potential power cuts and called on residents to stock up on water.

Two private houses were hit by fragments of downed missiles in the east of the capital while an industrial enterprise and a playground were damaged in the city’s southwest, city officials said.

In the east, a “series of explosions” hit Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv, Mayor Igor Terekhov said.

Governor Oleg Synegubov said “critical infrastructure” was targeted in the region of Kharkiv and its main city where four missiles hit eastern and southern neighborhoods.

In the historic city of Lviv, Mayor Sadoviy warned of potential water cuts.

Volodymyr Dubrovsliy, a disabled pensioner, lights candles in his house after living without electricity for more than four months in Kupiansk, Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Dec. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Lviv governor Maksim Kozytski said that air defenses were at work and called on residents to stay in shelters.

In the south, Odesa governor Maksym Marchenko said air defenses shot down 21 missiles over the region.

“Fragments of one of the enemy missiles fell inside a residential building, fortunately there were no casualties,” he said.

He added that there was damage to energy infrastructure and emergency power cuts were enforced in the region.

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