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Ukraine under massive air attack: civilians casualties reported in Kyiv, Lviv, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia (updates)

Shopping center hit by a Russian missile in Dnipro City on 29 December 2023. Photo: Telegram/Serhii Lysak
Ukraine under massive air attack: civilians casualties reported in Kyiv, Lviv, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia (updates)

As of 8:00 on 20 December, Ukraine has been under Russia’s massive missile attack after an hours-long Shahed drone attack. Russia launched missiles of various types, targeting Kharkiv, Kyiv, Dnipro, Odesa, Lviv, and many other cities across the country.

  • One of the city’s shopping centers is on fire in Dnipro, according to Suspilne correspondents.
  • As per initial reports, missile debris crashed in the Sviatoshinskyi district of Kyiv, the city’s military administration reported. Information on the damage is being clarified.
  • A hospital building was damaged as a result of missile attacks on Kharkiv in the city’s Kyiv district, Kharkiv police chief Volodymyr Tymoshko said.
  • Earlier this morning, Kharkiv was targeted by two types of missiles – S-300 and Kh-22, according to preliminary data provided by Mayor Ihor Terekhov. Eight hits were reported, preliminary, in Kyivskyi and Kholodnohirskyi districts, causing “some problems with the supply of electricity.”

Update 08:17

A warehouse is on fire in Kyiv’s Podil district, Mayor Klitschko said.

Update 08:19:

Earlier, Lviv Mayor Andrii Sadovyi reported regarding the Shahed drone attack that took place in the early hours today:

“According to preliminary information, more than 10 Shaheds attacked Lviv Oblast. There was a fire at a critical infrastructure facility in Lviv. No details here. Emergency services are working at the scene. There is no information on casualties,” Sadovyi reported.

Update 08:23:

Airspace monitoring channels report more launches of ballistic missiles from occupied Crimea. Earlier Russian Tu-95MS and Tu-22 bombers launched numerous air-based cruise missiles. Additionally, Russian MiG-31K aircraft launched hypersonic Kinzhal missiles, while Kharkiv was attacked by S-300 surface-to-air missiles from Russia’s Belgorod Oblast.

Update 08:24:

Explosions are reported in Zaporizhzhia, Lviv.

Update 08:27:

More ballistic missiles are reported as flying from the north towards Kyiv.

Update 08:28:

Russian occupants attacked Konotop town in Sumy Oblast early in the morning, damaging an apartment building and a service station, three people were wounded, the Sumy Oblast Military Administration reported.

Update 08:34:

Currently, there are five injured in Kyiv’s three districts, Mayor Klitschko said.

Update 08:35:

Kyiv Mayor Klitschko:

“An explosion damaged the building of Lukyanivska metro station. The station is operating as a shelter. Trains are running through the station without stopping.”

Update 08:44:

Ukrainian Air Defense related Telegram channel reports:

“The last pair of missiles are headed for Lviv Oblast. Nowhere else (no more missiles in the airspace, – Ed.)”

Update 08:51:

“Currently, 7 people are hospitalized in the capital. 5 of them are in Shevchenkivskyi district. Medics are working at the scene,” Kyiv Mayor Klitschko says.

Update 08:54:

Explosions are heard in Lviv again” – Mayor Sadovyi.

He also said that according to preliminary information, there might have been a hit to a residential building and a fire in a Lviv lyceum school.

Update 08:58:

Kharkiv Oblast Military Administration Head Oleh Syniehubov reported:

“As of [08:35], one person has died as a result of the occupiers’ attacks on Kharkiv, a man 35. Eight people were injured, medics are providing assistance on the spot.

Damage to the city’s civilian infrastructure has been recorded: a medical facility, warehouses, and civilian enterprises. The data is being clarified.”

Update 09:00:

“Possible three people are trapped under the rubble of a warehouse damaged by missile debris in Shevchenkivskyi district. Three people have been rescued. The search and rescue operation is ongoing” – Kyiv Mayor Klitschko.

Update 09:07:

Public broadcaster Suspilne says a maternity hospital in Dnipro was damaged by the missile attack. In particular, windows were smashed in the building of the medical institution.

Update 09:10:

In the early hours on 29 December, Russia’s Shahed drone hit a residential building in Odesa:

Fire in a residential house in Odesa hit by Russia’s Shahed drone in the early hours of 29 December 2023. Source.

Update 09:21:

In Lviv, the missile attack killed one person and wounded three others, said the head of the regional military administration, Kozitskyi, Suspilne says.

Update 09:25:

On Ukrainian TV, spokesman for Ukraine’s Air Forces Yurii Ihnat commented on the attack:

“The enemy launched a massive attack using various means of air attack. In fact, everything was flying… except for the Kalibr. And so – we saw Kinzhals and ballistic missiles, [surface-to-air] S-300 and cruise missiles, which are still on our radars, and the use of Shahed [explosive drones] was also observed.

The enemy also used X-22/32 missiles, and about 18 Tu-95 strategic bombers were also employed (according to preliminary information, X-101 and X-555 missiles).”

Update 09:32:

Air raid alerts have been lifted across the country: all clear.

Update 09:38:

Lviv Mayor Sadovyi reported that the Russian attack damaged three schools and a kindergarten.

Aftermath of Russia’s air attack on Lviv. Source: Telegram/Andrii Sadovyi
Aftermath of Russia’s air attack on Lviv. Source: Telegram/Andrii Sadovyi

Andrii Sadovyi says as of now, one person has been reported dead as a result of the missile strike, eight people were wounded.

Update 09:43:

Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Head Serhii Lysak reported that the Russian attack killed four, injured “almost fifteen people, were injured. 

“In Dnipro, we had an impact on a shopping center. A fire broke out. A detached house, a six-storey building, and a maternity hospital were damaged,” he added.

Shopping center hit by a Russian missile in Dnipro City on 29 December 2023. Photo: Telegram/Serhii Lysak


Update 09:53:

Timeline of the attack:

  • Around 22:00: Shahed-131/136 kamikaze drones were launched at Ukraine, totaling 8 groups.
  • Around 2:10: The first Tu-95MS (Kh-101/555 carriers) took off from Olenya airfield. At this time, Shahed-131/136 raids continued.
  • Around 5:00: Tu-22M3 (carriers Kh-22/32) appeared in Russian airspace. Simultaneously, the use of S-300 in Kharkiv began.
  • Around 6:00: Cruise missiles Kh-101/555 were launched from Tu-95MS near Engels.
  • Around 7:00: Ballistic targets were launched from the territory of temporarily occupied Crimea in the direction of the Dnieper River.
  • Around 7:20: A MiG-31K (carrier of the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal) took off from the Mozdok airfield. At this time, there were already five groups of cruise missiles in Ukrainian airspace.

Update 10:16:

Odesa Oblast Head Oleh Kiper reported that the Russian morning attack killed two people in Odesa and injured 15, including two children, aged 6 and 8. Two of the wounded are in serious condition, Suspilne says.

Update 10:21:

For now, two people are known to have have been killed by the Russian attack and 18 wounded, according to the Kyiv CIty Military Administration.

Update 10:30:

Currently, there is information about 12 fatalities and over 75 wounded throughout Ukraine as a result of the enemy’s missile attack, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Priamyi reports.

Update 10:35:

Lviv Oblast Administration says the number of people injured in the Russian missile attack has risen to 13, four of them were hospitalized.

“As of this hour, partial damage has been reported in 13 residential high-rise buildings and two schools. Many cars are damaged,” the Administration wrote.

Update 10:59:

On the morning of 29 December, the Russian military launched a missile attack on Zaporizhzhia, killing two people and injuring ten other civilians. There may be people under the rubble of one of the buildings. Civilian infrastructure was also damaged, according to Suspilne referring to local authorities.


Live reporting concluded.


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