After at least 20 cruise missiles were fired at various sites throughout Ukraine on New Year’s Eve, there were assaults on Kyiv on Sunday. Less than an hour into the New Year, fatal explosions were reported in the Ukrainian city of Kyiv. Ukraine first stated there had been no casualties, but later added that one person had passed away and 22 others had been hurt. The attacks also caused damage to a hotel.
An automobile in the heart of the city’s capital was damaged by missile fragments that were shot down by Ukrainian air defence systems, according to Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv. According to the local officials’ report, Ukraine’s air defence systems were in operation as they destroyed 12 of 20 Russian cruise missiles. 23 Russian-launched “air objects” have also been destroyed, according to the city military administration of Kyiv.
The conflict, which is now in its eleventh month, will continue until victory is achieved, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who made the statement earlier in the evening.
“We fight and will continue to fight. For the sake of the main word: ‘victory’,” he remarked in the emotional address. “I want to say to all of you: Ukrainians, you are incredible! See what we have done and what we are doing!”
We fight as one team — the whole country, all our regions. I admire you all. I want to thank every invincible region of Ukraine,” he continued.
Zelenskyy had previously warned that Russia could carry out additional assaults in order to force Ukrainians to “enjoy the New Year in darkness.” Later, Ukrainian officials also used social media to assert that Russia would not be able to sabotage their celebrations. Mykolaiv Governor Vitaly Kim posted on Facebook that “the occupants have decided to try to ruin the day for us.”