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Bombardment and air raid sirens mark Ukraine’s start to 2023



Russia’s intense attacks on Kyiv and other parts of Ukraine continued early in the New Year’s Day (1/11). This occurred after a barrage missiles were fired on Saturday (31/12). Overnight, sirens from the air raid shelter rang for hours.

According to the Ukrainian Air Force Command they destroyed 45 Iranian-made Shahed drones. 32 were destroyed after midnight Sunday, and 13 late Saturday.

Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, stated that the war in Syria, now in its eleventh month, would continue. This was contrary to the words of unity and gratitude from Volodymyr Zelenskiy (the president of Ukraine) in his New Year’s address.

Some shouted, “Glory to Ukraine!” As sirens blared in Kyiv, some shouted “Glory to Ukraine!” from their balconies for over four hours.

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Curfews were in place across the country, ranging from 7 p.m. to midnight. This made it impossible for people to celebrate 2023’s beginning in public places.

Vitali Klitschko (Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko), claims that fragments of the missiles that were destroyed did minimal damage to the capital’s center.

According to the top Ukrainian command, Russia has launched 31 missile and 12 air strikes against Ukraine within the last 24 hours.


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Bridget Brink, the US Ambassador to Ukraine, stated that Russia had attacked Ukraine in a cold and cowardly manner during the first hour of the new year. “Putin seems to not grasp that Ukrainians have iron-clad iron,”

Andrii Nebytov, Chief of Kyiv’s Police, posted a photo on Telegram. It displayed a drone used in the attack. It had a Russian handwritten message that read “Happy New Years”

Nebytov said that the wreckage isn’t at the front, where there are fierce battles. But they are on a sporting ground, where children are playing.

Attacks Saturday: At least one person was shot and killed in Kyiv. A dozen others were also injured. These were the result of a series Russian bombardments against Ukraine’s energy and water infrastructures in recent months.

According to the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces (GSUKAF), the most recent attacks caused damage to infrastructure in Sumy, in the northeast of Ukraine.

Valentyn Reznichenko, the governor of the Dnipropetrovsk Region, said Sunday morning after receiving reports of heavy shelling throughout the night in various areas of the region. He said, “Let’s be quiet,” in reference to the 1-year-old victim of the bombardment.

Separately, Vyacheslav Gladkov, the governor of the region in southern Russia bordering Ukraine, stated that homes were damaged by overnight bombardment but that there were no casualties.

Russian media reported that several Ukrainian attacks were taking place in Moscow-controlled regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Local officials claim that only nine people were hurt.

Russia’s RIA state media agency reported Saturday’s attack at Donetsk hospital that six people had died.

As it almost never takes responsibility for attacks on Russian-controlled territory within Ukraine, Kyiv didn’t immediately respond.

Putin declared the invasion of Ukraine illegal, 24 February 2022. He called it a special operation to “denazify” Ukraine and demilitarize it. Russia was at risk from the invasion of Ukraine, he claimed. According to Kyiv, and its Western allies it was an imperialist land grab.

Russian forces have been fighting in the eastern and southern parts Ukraine for several months to defend the territories Moscow annexed in September. These lands form part of the larger Donbas industrial zone in Ukraine.

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