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Kyiv: 23 dead recovered from debris as result of Russian missile attack on December 29

As a result of one of the deadliest Russian attacks on civilian infrastructure on December 29 across multiple Ukrainian cities, 35 casualties reported in the capital alone.
Dec 29, 2023. Kyiv. Aftermath of Russian attack

In Kyiv, rescue teams extricated 23 dead bodies from the rubble following the Russian missile attack on December 29, State Emergency Service reported.

As of 12:30, 31 December, in the Shevchenkivskyi district of Kyiv, rescue teams have extricated 23 individuals who lost their lives during the Russian missile attack on December 29. Eight people have been rescued.

According to information from the National Police, 35 people have been reported as casualties. Emergency rescue operations are ongoing.

Russian unprecedented air attack kills 39, injures 160, hits maternity ward, mall (updated)

The recent devastating Russian air attack on Ukraine, launched overnight and continuing into the morning of December 29, has left a trail of destruction and loss of life across multiple cities. As of 29 December, the unprecedented assault resulted in 39 confirmed deaths and 159 injuries, with 120 cities and villages affected by the strikes. Among the casualties was Viktor Kobzystyi, a 44-year-old Ukrainian basketball player, coach, and international master of sports. 

Later the number of casualties grew. As of 29 December, in Kyiv, the Russian missile attack claimed five lives and injured 30, causing extensive damage to residential buildings, private houses, warehouses, an office center, car parks, and a metro station. Now it is known about 23 dead. On January 1, a day of mourning will be declared in Kyiv.

The western city of Lviv faced a barrage of 15 missiles, with Ukrainian air defense forces successfully intercepting 10. Despite their efforts, the attack resulted in the death of Viktor Kobzystyi and injuries to 17 others. Infrastructure facilities in the Drohobych district were also hit, causing damage but fortunately, no reported casualties.

Dnipro experienced the destruction of a maternity hospital, a shopping center, a private house, and damage to administrative buildings, high-rise structures, and cars. The missile strike in the region claimed six lives, including a 1.5-year-old child, and injured 28. Novomoskovsk suffered collateral damage, with two injuries and 13 private houses damaged.

Zaporizhzhia reported nine casualties and 13 injuries due to attacks on industrial facilities, private houses, and multi-story buildings. On December 30, the city declared a day of mourning. Odesa and Dnipro are also in mourning.

In Kharkiv, three employees of an industrial company lost their lives, and 11 individuals were injured. The Kharkiv Regional Oncology Center premises were damaged in the assault. Odesa recorded four deaths and 22 injuries, including two children and a pregnant woman. The attacks caused significant damage to 21 residential buildings, including two private houses, and a school.

Ukraine’s Air Force successfully thwarted the massive air attack, intercepting 114 of the 158 air assets employed by the Russian forces. The scale of the assault underscores the severity of the conflict and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, as civilians continue to bear the brunt of the violence.

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