Copyright © 2024

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Russia attacks Ukraine with 90 explosive drones killing a teenager on New Year’s night, Ukraine downs 87 UAVs

Russia unleashed a massive drone attack on Ukraine overnight on New Year’s Eve, sending 90 explosive Shahed drones in waves. Ukraine’s air defenses shot down a record 87, but the attacks killed a 15-year-old and injured 9 civilians in Odesa.
Rescuers extinguishing a fire caused by the fall of drone debris during the Russian attack on Odesa. 1 January 2024. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Odesa Oblast
Russia attacks Ukraine with 90 explosive drones killing a teenager on New Year’s night, Ukraine downs 87 UAVs

Overnight on 1 January, the Russian army attacked Ukraine with 90 explosive drones, four S-300 ballistic missiles, three anti-aircraft missiles, and one air-launched guided missile, while Ukraine’s air defenders shot down a record 87 UAVs, Ukraine’s Air Force says. The Russian attack killed a teenager in Odesa and injured eight other civilians, local authorities reported.

The attack started on the evening of New Year’s Eve as Russia launched a “record number” of the Iranian-made Shahed one-way attack drones in waves from four locations, namely occupied Crimea’s Cape Chauda and Balaclava, and Russia’s Kursk and Primorsko-Akhtarsk, according to the Air Force’s report. Air raid alerts were triggered in most regions of Ukraine along the routes of the Shaheds.

“A total of 90 enemy Shahed-136/131 drones were launched. The enemy also fired four S-300 anti-aircraft guided missiles at Kharkiv Oblast, three Kh-31P anti-radiation missiles, and one Kh-59 [air launched guided missile] from the [temporarily occupied parts of] Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts,” the report reads.

The Air Force says Ukrainian air defense units, including mobile fire groups, managed to destroy a record number of Russia’s Shahed-136/131 suicide drones, 87 of 90.

A 15-year-old teenager was killed in a Russian attack in Odesa, the head of Odesa Oblast Military Administration, Oleh Kiper, said. Four people were hospitalized with injuries and burns, and four others received medical treatment on the spot.

The Ukraine South Defense Forces noted that 28 Shahed-131/136 drones were shot down in the skies of Odesa Oblast, while one of the port terminals was hit. The downed UAVs damaged at least three high-rise apartment buildings, three detached houses, and outbuildings.

The Russian attack also destroyed the museum of Roman Shukhevych, the Ukrainian Insurgent Army’s general-corporal, in Bilohirsk, Lviv Oblast. The fire was caused by the drone debris crash on 1 January 2024, according to Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi.

The Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Military administration said the air defenses shot down five Shaheds in the region, but others caused damage. In Dnipro City, a UAV set fire to a local enterprise, which was swiftly extinguished by firefighters. In Kamianske’s Pyatikhatky community, 1,500 families lost power as an enemy drone tangled with a power line. Experts promptly restored electricity, according to the authorities.

Read also:

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here

    Will the West continue to support Ukraine?
    • Know what moves the world.
    • Premium journalism from across Europe.
    • Tailored to your needs, translated into English.
    Special discount
    for Euromaidan Press readers
    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts